Grace & Moji – “Sad Times”


“Sad Times” is an eclectic pop success from Los Angeles-based Grace & Moji, comprising husband/wife duo Grace Hong and Martin Wave. Bouncy piano flourishes and a title-touting resonance glide alongside various vocal leads, ranging from a suave hip-hop composure to a “taking the heat,” chilled-out pop allure.

The feel-good pop production melds with lyrics exploring the vibrant potential of self-discovery. This particular track is inspired by their journey of self-healing and plant medicine. “Sad Times might be the only pop song about ayahuasca in existence,” Moji says.

“I see visions in the midnight hour,” anthemic vocals let out past the second half, reflecting on how one can turn a messy life around. “My spirit spoke and it blew my mind,” is symbolic of self-discovery’s power, leading into the riveting juxtaposition of “sad times,” repeating alongside chipper keys and “turn it around,” vocal encouragement. “Sad Times” is a hooky, motivational pop success from Grace & Moji.

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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