KVSTLES – “Shadows”


A dreamy post-punk enamoring takes hold on “Shadows,” a break-up track from Los Angeles-based artist KVSTLES. Fluttering guitars and a murkily reflective bass build into a morosely debonair vocal lead, admitting “I don’t know where to go from here.”

Descriptions of heartbreak and its aftermath follow. A feeling of losing control — going hand-in-hand with the nostalgic post-punk essence — swells into a gorgeously wordless vocal soaring, as the backing guitars remain steady in their hypnotic delivery. The moody, consistent “Shadows” is a consuming showing from KVSTLES.

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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