Sinéad Ann – “Four Walls”

Credit: Julia Dunin Photography

A riveting new single from German-Irish songwriter singer/songwriter Sinéad Ann, “Four Walls” balances introspective folk and passionately soaring rock escalation. Creeping strings build into mellow keys and soulful vocals, emitting feelings of being “tongue-tied and terrified,” in witnessing nightmarish visions. Recollections of awakening glide into spine-chilling strings past the one-minute turn, traversing into a more grandiose production in its second half.

Intense strings, bell-chiming, and fervent vocals converge during the captivating finale, focusing on “sins,” in particular in explorations of reclaiming one’s inner-strengths. A battle of mortality and weakened spirit plays with enthralling tendencies throughout, bolstered by both quainter folk ruminations and string-powered ardency. The result is a striking success from Sinéad Ann, resonating with a triumphant sense of personal discovery following a haunting journey, wherein one conquers their personal demons and prevails with light.

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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