Hair – “City of Eyes”


Los Angeles-based band Hair concoct a flourishing, psych-friendly rock sound on their new single “City of Eyes.” Hazy organs and soaring guitar lines appear with sporadic enticement amidst vocals that melodically engage across multiple layers, observing “just look at ourselves, we’re already in hell.” The lyrics prove critical of modern-day society, conjuring a sort of new hell-scape dominated by screen-time and derivative influencer content, referenced in the “makers of nothing.”

“The opening line is mainstream media political division,” they explain, “The stratification of wealth and the pedestal billionaires are put on. We just wanted to tell it like it is.” They recorded the effort at Lost Canyon Studios (John Fogerty’s house). “We spent the entire time recording hanging out with a golden retriever named Creedence,” they add.

Crisp, twangy guitars and a bright underlying organ lead into lines referencing the “makers of nothing,” and a seemingly perpetual yearning for escape. “Oh, just look at ourselves,” the introspection begins, into a jam-friendly bursting of guitars and organs that beckon some prog and jazz-rock flair amidst the classic-rock minded inspirations. “City of Eyes” is a resonating, melodically compelling success from Hair, enthralling with its modern-day insightfulness and melodic rock character.

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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