Rohith Shaker – “These Walls”


Exuding a vintage orchestral-laden pop mystique, “These Walls” is a fantastic new single from Rohith Shaker, a Phoenix-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. “Can I go back to how I was before?” Shaker’s debonair vocals ask, leading into a heartrending expanse: “So painful, these walls, that I built in memory of those I love.” An orchestral flourish follows, reminding stirringly of The Last Shadow Puppets.

The added guitar tones during the begrudging “I’ll be fine,” line enamor, as does the momentum-filled orchestration that follows. The standout production drives into a bursting orchestral grandiosity at mid-point, then exuding a more meditative glow in its finale, which features field recordings in its delectably submerged experimentalism. “These Walls” is a riveting showcase in songwriting and production from Rohith Shaker.

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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