The Pulltops – “With You”


Impressing in its range of synth-laden contemplation and anthemic stirring, “With You” is the latest single from Milwaukee-based duo The Pulltops. Representing their sixth single so far this year, “With You” continues the band’s embrace of fusing nostalgic sounds of yesteryear with a modern punchiness. “With You” evolves with captivation from tender balladry into an ardent, hooky passion — continuing a very successful 2023, with previously featured tracks like “Better Life” and “Wide Awake.”

Understated synth-laden twinkling kicks off the track with mellow enticement, as vocals admit “I thought of you when I wasn’t expecting to.” Flourishing guitar plucks integrate seamlessly thereafter, reminding fondly of Erasure’s ’80s electro-acoustic melding. “We promised forever that we would be together,” the euphoric vocals emit in the spirited chorus, energizing with a hooky and spirited charisma. The side-by-side perseverance is conveyed with audible heart, driving to rousing vocal movements and bursting guitar/synth synergy rounding the two-minute turn. “With You” is another stellar showing from The Pulltops.

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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