desk lamps – “Little Tokyo Spies”


A nostalgic, hypnotic folk mystique lingers throughout “Little Tokyo Spies,” an inviting single from Los Angeles-based project desk lamps. The track releases as a double-single alongside the more frolicking, Caribou-esque “Augustine.”

The patient guitar unfolding and gentle vocals concoct a ’60s folk-forward charm, with shades of Simon & Garfunkel. The title-touting sequence is bolstered by twinkling keys, adding a more psychedelic, dazed component — particularly as a brief, lush vocal addition appears. These hypnotic elements appear with more soaring, prominent intent as the two-minute turn arrives. “Little Tokyo Spies” is a gorgeous, delicately crafted success from desk lamps.

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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