Strange Souvenirs – “Exit”


A moving new single from Berlin-based band Strange Souvenirs, “Exit” is an introspective success, written during a period of “great emotional turmoil and uncertainty.” Lyrics enamor in their drive to the gorgeous string-laden “won’t you please leave your keys on the way out?” beckoning — feeling symbolic of a relationship’s demise.

“So this is how it ends, I thought we were friends,” the vocal open wearily, as forlorn piano and lush acoustics drive into twinkling keys. The entry of strings and more vibrant piano-led glistening sends chills here amidst the backing vocal resonance, echoing Sufjan Stevens in its expanse from understated contemplation into a moving, thematic refrain.

Previously featured singles “Beaches” and “Slight Mod” also showcased the band’s tremendous songwriting, and “Exit” follows that trend, with a chillingly effective escalation that ruminates on what to salvage from a painful demise.

The band elaborates: “Ultimately, it’s about salvaging something beautiful from the rubble and the ruins of a relationship.”

This 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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