BESTGIRL – “Control Devil”


With the textured rocker “Control Devil,” NYC act BESTGIRL craft a “shoegaze song based on the anime Chainsaw Man.” Warming layers of guitar distortion swell into serenely intoxicating vocals, exuding a nonchalance amidst the the contrasting guitar-led invigoration.

The one-minute turn shifts from frantic immersion to brief moments of dream-induced clarity; the intermittent levels of guitar involvement make for a climactic beauty, with the shift from dreamy introspection to beautifully raucous noise being thoroughly gripping. An ode to the anime’s character Makima, “Control Devil” blends shoegaze and alt-rock in compelling form.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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