Palanquin – “Poisonous”


Hypnotizing in its yearning synth-pop nostalgia and saxophone-laden conclusion, “Poisonous” is a stylish new single from Palanquin, a project based in Orlando, Florida. The initial “another wasted night,” lyrics prove apt within the soundscape, conjuring a nocturnal vibe with its somber bass clanging and concise synth glistening. Aesthetically bridging ’80s favorites like Bryan Ferry and Spandau Ballet with modern atmospheric dazzlers like Neon Indian and John Maus, Palanquin’s sound proves wholly compelling here.

“She’s just gonna poison you,” the vocals caution amidst pulsing synths and darkening guitar strums, the “just not coming back,” conclusion bolstered by a blaring saxophone with city-pop mystique. “Poisonous” touts a riveting production and emotive hold throughout.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Electronic.

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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