Elkvilla – “Better to You”


A hopeful folk-driven single with a beautifully serene disposition, “Better to You” comes via Elkvilla, the solo project of Australian singer/songwriter and producer Adam Dudek. The track represents the first release from the upcoming waterfall EP, fully self-produced and mixed in Dudek’s home studio.

“I am in the salt in your wound,” his vocals let out amidst gentle acoustics and light keys. “Hurting you is what I do.” The lyrics prove strongly memorable in their visceral descriptive metaphor, representing a relationship full of mutual pain — though also an expressed desire to stick through the tumult.

The title-touting hopefulness suggests aspirations to improve, rather than remain in a perpetual state of inflicting damage. Alongside Dudek’s serenely melodic vocals, laid-back acoustics, and eventual gorgeous string-laden infusions, “Better to You” achieves a resonating appeal.

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

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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