Paul Bibbins – ‘Disenchantment at a Distance’ EP

The Disenchantment at a Distance EP is a suave, confident rock showcase from Paul Bibbins, an artist based in Dallas, Texas. Its four tracks strut impassioned guitar work, touting a no-frills rock ‘n’ roll ethos, amidst vocals that engage in their spontaneous, melodic delivery.

A bluesy guitar crawl complements a “slow stroll” narrative on the opening “Bold, Beautiful…and Long Gone!” — capturing a smitten retrospection initially, and traversing from early-relationship entrancement to “the many times we fought,” and less strolls on beaches of golden sand. Expressive guitars approach the three-minute turn, as the vocals tout a more soulful croon to end this scorching, compelling opener.

Clanging percussion and an enveloping guitar prominence kickstarts “Thrill Walk,” exuding a rousing sensation with its perpetual guitar ferocity. The EP’s title track follows, compelling with its stream-of-conscious vocal feeling and Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar stylings, also reminding of early Yves Tumour in its grimy rock outpouring. Finale “Vista Valley Drift” puts a bow on this success of an EP, showcasing Bibbins’ guitar talents amidst an understated rhythm section, comparatively. This is a stellar overall EP from Bibbins.

“Thrill Walk” 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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