Jennifer Tefft – “Love and War”


A track out today from Boston-based artist Jennifer Tefft, “Love and War reveals a moody rock engrossment, concocting an ’80s nostalgia with its anthemic vocal dynamics and steady guitar-driven hooks. The track represents the first single from Tefft’s upcoming sixth album.

Production from Munk Duane and mastering by Hans DeKline (U2, The Pixies) excel in highlighting Tefft’s fiercely captivating vocal presence, traversing from intense verses to a lusher immersion during the “war waged on the fields of apathy,” bridge. The ensuing chorus plays with an invigorated passion, as does the subsequent “is this love or war cause I can’t see,” beckoning.

“Love and War” proves especially riveting in its distinctive tonal pursuits — from the murky/moody “is it you,” progression to the twangy guitar exuberance in the ensuing section. The track proves commanding in its melodic, confident delivery throughout — meshing the past and present in its aesthetic pursuits.

The release is described as “a song about that gnarly space in a relationship between being head over heels in love and getting bogged down in the battle of maintaining a long distance relationship with a terrible communicator!”

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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