Outblinker & aortarota – “Cold Star”


A thrilling electro-pop exploration into eerie ’80s nostalgia and witch-house haunts, “Cold Star” is a collaborative single from Glasgow-based quartet Outblinker and Spanish artist aortarota. The latter’s vocal work invigorates throughout the track, particularly upon the ardent “show me!” hook into a ghostly vocal immersion. A stylish, industrial darkness emanates within the slabs of guitar distortion, glitzy synth trickles, and vocal momentum — particularly palpable in the approach to the delectably raucous three-minute turn.

“Cold Star” is a thorough success from the collaborative partnership, marking the first in a series of planned collaborations from Outblinker and various vocalists. Outblinker is also anticipating to release their debut album early next year.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Electronic.

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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