Mickey Newball – “Sleepyhead”


A timeless-sounding vocal warmness and crisp guitar twangs resonate throughout “Sleepyhead,” a new single from Portland-based artist Mickey Newball. Stirring our ears in the past with tracks like “Ruby Jean” and “All Wrong,” the artist continues to excel with a moody, soulful sound.

A soaring vocals lament “more of the same old,” amidst underlying acoustics, piqued by sporadic electric guitar twanginess. “So come down, get some rest, sleepyhead,” the vocals continue amidst a hazy backing and steady guitar push. Father John Misty is an aesthetical point of comparison, though Mickey Newball’s sound largely find its own unique flair despite the comforting doses of familiarity.

“No, you can’t bring back the dead,” grounds further, rousing into a higher-pitched vocal infusion — resembling a lonesome cowboy anthem in its riveting conclusion. Mark it down as another success for the rising Mickey Newball.

Look for a new album from Mickey Newball out later this fall.

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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