Bill Godfrey – ‘Hypnotized’ EP


Austin-based singer/songwriter Bill Godfrey showcases his versatile songwriting on the Hypnotized EP, whose consuming sound stretches from the electro-touched rock passion of “Mama Help Me” to the spacey folk mystique of the opening title track. “Each track explores a means of influence over the mind, by way of fear, grief, co-dependence, substances, dogma, or even malice,” Godfrey explains.

“I tried to leave her late one evening,” Godfrey sings on the opener, establishing a steady narrative. Strings enter as his “eyes got heavy.” Moody keys and acoustics complement the rousing vocal sequence into the “I was hypnotized,” ardency. A captivating bridge in the final minute adds a psych-friendly tint with its spacey key infusions. The title track proves gripping in its thematic representation of the EP, described by Godfrey as “a coming-of-age exploration of a young mind that seeks identity and love, but struggles to break free from outside influence and control.”

Further vocal charisma and saxophone-laden energy compel on the more bustling “Sprightly Gentleman,” traversing past the intro’s chamber-folk emotions and into a bouncier arsenal — bolstered as well by gorgeous orchestral flourishes, gearing seamlessly into Ray Zepeda’s engaging saxophone solo. “Mama Help Me” is another success, strutting an intriguing stylistic mish-mash of sweltering throwback rock and electronic-touched atmospheric production within the “no place to hide,” sequence. The Hypnotized EP is a firm success from Bill Godfrey.

“Hypnotized” 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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