After – “The Dove”


A new single from the duo After, “The Dove” exudes a soaring mystique in its glistening keys, dreamy vocals, and emerging trip-hop percussive flair. Graham Epstein and Justine Dorsey craft a compelling soundscape throughout, melding a sort of Kate Bush nostalgia with more ’90s trip-hop innerworkings.

An initially understated sound is led by glowing keys prancing amidst Dorsey’s lush vocal composure, evolving with gripping rhythmic intensity prior to the one-minute turn. The track’s evolution proves riveting from there, particularly in a mid-point with added guitar lines and vocal emotion. “The Dove” is a beautiful display of songwriting from After.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 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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