The Whole Hotel – “Swallow Fire”


“Swallow Fire” is the latest track from The Whole Hotel, the New Orleans-based project of Matthew Foster. Described as a “song is about giving in to temptation,” the production excels with a subtle yet emotively impactful pull, building from chilling piano into textured involvement. Brisk percussion, ghostly piano, and weary-sounding vocals craft a hypnotic spell to start, with the “let’s swallow the setting sun,” shift enamoring with its lusher percussive transition and haunting vocal push.

The track releases alongside a stellar music video:

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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