Curving Tooth – “Thank You”


“Thank You” is a hypnotic sonic journey full of gratitude, courtesy of the project Curving Tooth. The Baltimore-based queer duo comprises Liz Downing and Greg Hatem; the track was originally written by Downing in 1985, and now surfaces alongside a video, shot by Garrett Stralnic. Introspective, thought-provoking lyrics address how even a simple rock can eventually “play as a child in the warm sunshine,” — with the video’s psychedelic features bolstering that philosophical imagery.

A spellbinding, meditative opening builds with hypnotic immersion. Spacious chimes accompany vocals that thank fellow partners in existence — specifically, everyday objects like a skillet, stove, and table. The thoughtful appreciation has conceptual shades of tsukumogami. “Everything has got its spirit,” the vocals let out as further textural effervescence emerges, driving into a twinkling art-pop soundscape with rhythmic underlying as “Thank You” reaches its warming conclusion.

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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