Canetis – ‘On All That’s Real’ EP


Delivering an ardently melodic rock sound, On All That’s Real marks the third EP from Buffalo-based band Canetis. Personal lyrical themes, conveying both struggle and triumph, combine with the act’s most bursting production to date — stirring with an anthemic, emotive pull throughout.

Opener “Meet Me at Midnight” proves commanding in its escalating ferocity. “Surprised when you show up every now and then,” the snarling vocals unleash alongside pulsing guitars and piano-laden glistening, concocting a fervently compelling sound with shades of The Wrens. The lush guitar trickling approaching the two-minute turn injects a glowing atmospheric enthrallment, also emphasizing the band’s tonal versatility.

The hooky “Can’t Shake This” — proving wholly replay-inducing in its central chorus — and the anthemic “All at Once” continue strutting the band’s melodic strengths. This all leads into the heartfelt closer “89 to 22,” excelling with captivation into the mourning “now you just like to visit me in my dreams,” line. The track serves as an ode to lead singer Brendan Orr’s sister Jenn Orr, who passed away during the writing of On All That’s Real. The heartache-expressing “I miss you,” chorus compels in its ’90s alt-rock nostalgia and sincere outpouring of emotions. The On All That’s Real EP is a thorough success from Canetis.

“Can’t Shake This” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 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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