Tallinn – “Vulgar Nature”


Catching our ears last month with the single “Captive Coast,” New York-based experimental pop band Tallinn compels again with “Vulgar Nature,” the second single from their recently released album, On the Trade Winds. Per the project, the track’s lyrics take inspiration from Thomas Mann’s 1924 novel Magic Mountain in “describing a character confined to a sanatorium after succumbing to the temptations of modern life.”

The “consumed by vulgar nature,” vocal refrain sends chills amidst the glistening guitar tones and spacey key frequencies, aesthetically conjuring a sound with shades of Wild Beasts. The distorted percussion lends a steady backbone, pairing with the sonar-like keys and caressing guitar twangs for a memorable sound.

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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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