Philadelphia-based songwriter and producer Thantophobe enamors with the single “Esteban,” exuding a hazy laid-back rock appeal with playful synth reflections. The steady acoustics and lush vocals initially conjure a soundscape reminiscent of Alex G, with the occasional twinkling, clanging impact alongside driving into the “Esteban, can you meet me after school?” hook. The warming guitar tones and lyrical reminiscing also show shades of The Replacements. “Esteban” is a resonating success from Thantophobe.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.