Darling Darlene – “Something’s In the Woods”


A gorgeously melodic success from Danish group Darling Darlene, “Something’s In the Woods” proves riveting in its theatrical crooning and hooky turns. Exuding a stylish appeal reminiscent of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, “Something’s In the Woods” builds climactically — initially dazzling with spacey keys and then traversing into a debonair vocal push alongside flashes of guitar.

“Please don’t speak his name,” the vocals begin into the irresistible escalation. “Then there’s something in the woods,” they conclude, following a gripping assortment of waltz-y nostalgia and melodic guitar/synth interplay. The halted verses again lead into the magical chorus, proving stickily infectious and replay-inducing. “Something’s In the Woods” is among the year’s best singles.

The track comes via the new EP, Lost at the Movies:

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

The track is also featured in the best-of Spotify compilation Best Tracks of 2023.

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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