Exceptional Failures – “How You Feel”


Portland, OR-based duo Exceptional Failures show a rousing, developing rock sound on new single “How You Feel.” “I’m not gonna pretend that I know how you feel,” the opening vocals admit, quickly bolstered thereafter by caressingly melodic guitars. An uptick in vocal emotion commiserates upon the unexplainable things in life, with bouncy wordless vocal pulses excelling past the one-minute turn. The track’s structural growth satiates from its initial mellowness into a hooky rock arsenal.

An impassioned vocal escalation past the two-minute mark resonates with its fervency. The “all the same,” refrain builds into a blistering guitar solo, driving into an enjoyable finale. “How You Feel” is a fun, contagious rock showing from Exceptional Failures.

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