leo reimer – ‘songs for a long train ride home’

A resonating album written in the aftermath of devastating loss, songs for a long train ride home comes via Miami-based artist leo reimer. The introductory track shows a spacey, contemplative immersion as vocals ask “who am I?” — building into the organ-laden warmness of “january 21st,” exuding a haunting character as vocals reflect a submergence into warm, comforting colors. “How can I believe in God?” the vocals ask, tonally emitting a quivering character reminiscent of Grizzly Bear.

An emotional centerpiece, “kennedy” plays like a heartfelt ode in its serene vocals and understated acoustics. Lyrics convey the impact of traumatic loss — forgetting to sleep and neglecting to connect with others, as a result — as the weep-y vocal captivation and acoustics combine for an introspective spell. From the shimmering intrigue of “government center” to the glowing warmness of finale “i remember you,” songs for a long train ride home resonates with a gripping emotional sincerity throughout, set against a charming lo-fi production.

“I wrote this album as a way for me to express my grief after a devastating loss,” the artist explains. “I hope this project finds others in the same place as I am and is able to get them through the day.”

“kennedy” 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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