millhope & Jenny Thiele – “Prototype”


“Prototype” is a ravishing journey through wordless vocal lushness, crisp guitar lines, and spacey synth intrigue, showcasing a heady soundscape coming via the collaboration of Cologne-based artists millhope and Jenny Thiele. The effort marks the fourth of five singles from the forthcoming album Truth&Dare, releasing in spring 2024.

Whereas millhope — comprising Thomas Mühlhoff and drummer Alex Höffken — have dabbled in more high-energy EDM in the past, “Prototypes” compels with a more chilled-out demeanor. Thiele’s vocals add a weightless glow, concocting a consistently mellow engrossment. Hazy vocals, trickling guitars, and playful synths emerge with patient precision, as steady percussion and spacier synth inclinations emerge just prior to the one-minute turn.

Thiele’s vocals appear with sporadic enticement, flourishing with their lushly atmospheric immersion. Serene guitars add a subtle impact at points, culminating in a more jangly appeal alongside fluttering synths as the final minute approaches. “Prototype” is a delightful collaboration.

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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