bluetrails – “Oversoul”


A lushly emotive folktronica showcase from New York-based artist bluetrails, “Oversoul” infuses haunting vocal harmonies alongside a delicately evolving production.

Layered vocals assemble gorgeously, with the lead emerging amidst gentle bass and backing wordless effects. Soft guitar jangles intertwine, building to a chilling expanse around the three-minute mark, where hints of strings combine with the climactic vocals for a powerful result. Aesthetically sounding like a cross of Grizzly Bear and Sufjan Stevens, “Oversoul” is a standout showing from bluetrails.

bluetrails elaborates: “I wrote this song after my grandfather’s death during covid. I was alone, in nature, trying to reason through things and “understand it all.” I hope you enjoy this little record of that experience.”

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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