Zoramena – “Speck of Dust”


A melodic ’80s flair and prog-rock whimsy intertwine on the catching “Speck of Dust,” the latest single from Zoramena, a trio comprising guitarist/vocalist Ben Vogel, drummer Paul Barbieri, and bassist/backing vocalist Nate Stratte. Based in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, the full lineup came into fruition this past summer, when Stratte joined the band. Their sound proves charismatic and vibrant, exploring a rock sound with shades of influences like Rush, Genesis, The Police, and Journey.

Depictions of “a solitary soul in a big wide world,” anticipating a meaningful connection prove lyrically stirring, amidst a climactic assembly of guitar, rhythms, and spirited vocals. Multiple vocal layers combine with a bouncier bass line during the “never-ending uphill climb,” conveyed in the chorus. “The beating of hearts doesn’t last forever. If only dreams could outrun time,” they conclude. More free-flowing guitar-led charisma enamors in the second half, particularly in building to the hook’s reprise at the four-minute turn. “Speck of Dust” is a winning throwback rock success from Zoramena.

The band describe the single as “about being ambitious in a world where everyone is pessimistic and cynical. It’s that feeling when you don’t know how stupid you seem or how idealistic you are, but that doesn’t matter. It’s about wanting something extraordinary for your life despite feeling insignificant.”

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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