Book/Spirit – “Meant To Be”


Brooklyn-based act Book/Spirit merge peppy rock and post-punk brooding on stellar new single “Meant To Be.” The release comes ahead of their upcoming full-length album, Easements, out on March 1st.

Playful, mellow guitars are quickly accompanied by blistering distortion, to start. “You were ready for anything, and I was ready to go,” they let out, emitting a sense of distancing within a relationship. “It feels like a joke that you were there at all,” an angsty spirit is conveyed thereafter, exhilarating into the hooky “whoa,” sequence. It doesn’t take long for the track to compel with its structural range and savvy rock cohesion.

Following this punchy rock-forward first half, the track takes an captivating turn at mid-point. Gentle guitar trickles and subdued rhythms show a hypnotic enamoring, with shades of The Wrens. This gently absorbing reprieve builds again into the hard-rocking spirit. An excitable drum fill arrives into a heady vocal refrain, excelling alongside the panting percussion and lingering guitars. “Meant To Be” is a tonally diverse, infectious rock success from Book/Spirit.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 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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