Tallinn – “Captive Coast”


“Captive Coast” is a lush, grooving single from New York-based experimental pop band Tallinn, via the upcoming album On the Trade Winds (out October 13th).

Pursuing a serene, jazz-tinged rock/pop fusing taking inspiration from The Sea and Cake and Tom Jobim, the track excels with laid-back guitar trickles and equally mellow vocals, describing “their gradual realization, after attaining the ultimate in tropical luxury, that they’ve become trapped in indolence and irrelevance.”

“All I’ve ever wanted has come to me here along the captive coast,” the vocals let out with a slight uptick in emotion. “But freed from desire I’m drifting out here on the easterlies, far from home.” Layers of guitars follow with hypnotic impact, punctuating thematically engrossing lyrics that fully convey the over-indulgences of succumbing too much to escapism. “Captive Coast” is a standout success from Tallinn.

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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