David Taro – ‘This Is Not The End’


Captivating previously with singles “Judy” and “The Answer,” South London-based artist David Taro further displays his gripping songwriting across newly released full-length This Is Not The End. As the title track declares feelings of hope — “this is not the end, only the beginning,” — amidst bluesy guitars and an organ-laden entry, there’s a palpable sense of momentum and introspection alike throughout the release.

“Everybody falls, it’s how you come back,” the title track feverishly concludes, resonating in its thematic approach of Taro speaking to his teenage self, offering reassurance for the times ahead. The album stirs with a range of styles, from the string-laden folk of “The Arsonists” to “Little Bird,” echoing a tender and timeless piano-touched folk glistening; lyrics stir in their portrayal of a parent-child relationship, and the stage in which a child enters the world as an adult, with the parent as a spectator.

The finale “Whole White Moon” is another beauty, with emotive vocal layers sending chills with compelling balladry, showing shades of Rufus Wainwright and Plush. This Is Not The End is an album full of quality, heartfelt songwriting from David Taro.

“Judy” 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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