julip – “Ectothermic”


An evolving, dynamic debut from San Francisco-based artist julip, “Ectothermic” touts an emotive rock sound balancing pop-rock ferocity with textural dream-pop envelopment. Heady guitar distortion and lushly melodic vocal layers converge with replay-inducing appeal, as lyrical references to a former lover — who caused ample tumult and heartbreak with their cruelty — are conveyed with heartrending depictions, showing the complexities of a healing process wherein one party is cold and resistant.

The artist, who is also a software engineer, excels with a sound that balances ’90s alt-rock nostalgia with an emotively intense outpouring. “Ectothermic” — whose title references temperature fluctuations of reptiles and insects — proves resonating in its depiction of a relationship gone cold, and the healing process that ensues.

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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