Book/Spirit – “Haunt You”


The latest track from Brooklyn-based rockers Book/Spirit, “Haunt You” marks the band’s second single ahead of their debut full-length, out in March 2024. The first single, “Meant to Be,” got our attention last month with its meshing of vibrant hook rocks and post-punk brooding. Meanwhile, the similarly successful “Haunt You” touts a climactic invigoration, casting a brighter spell in its anthemic vocal outpouring and crunchy guitar distortion.

Over a decade in the making, the track’s creative process arose from an artistic inspiration. Per singer/guitarist Pete Ferrari: “Back in 2008 or so, I saw this Glenn Ligon painting in the Philadelphia Art Museum that had the phrase ‘I’m turning into a specter before your very eyes and I’m going to haunt you’ repeated over and over. After an unsuccessful attempt to use it in a song back then, I finally found the right vehicle when I heard Mike’s guitar riff over 10 years later.”

“Somebody get me a phone call, I need a hospital bed instead,” the initial vocals let out alongside a thumping bass line. Buzzing guitar distortion precedes this more understated intrigue, and then re-emerges with enjoyably raucous energy just before the one-minute turn. Thereafter, the aforementioned “turning into a specter,” line takes hold — fully emphasizing the act’s knack for rewarding, rock-forward builds and satiating come-downs.

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

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

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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