Gaia Calista – “Soul Contract”


Oakland-based singer/songwriter Gaia Calista presents a stirring psych-friendly meshing of rock and folk on the single “Soul Contract,” which precedes an upcoming album, out next month. Mellow keys and swampy guitars complement a wordless croon to start, with the lead vocals casting a retrospective glow in its “when we were young,” lyrical beginnings.

A throwback to being 18 and first kisses drives into the rousing “I sold my heart away,” hook, complemented by a twangy guitar emphasis. “Soul Contract” captures the feeling of young love, and its enduring effects, in captivating form.

The artist elaborates on the track’s themes, and what lies ahead:

“I worked on this song for a whole year and wrote it hearing the melody in a half asleep dream state. It is a song about young love and the hold it can have on you forever. It is a song inspired by my early childhood 90’s rock influences. The song is a spiritual song and is meant to transport you. I am releasing a music video for it that was filmed in the desert, and my upcoming record as well in October. I also have a band I am playing live shows with and performing all my new music in LA.”

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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