Bubble Tea and Cigarettes – “Emi”


Los Angeles-based duo Bubble Tea and Cigarettes craft another dream-pop delight in “Emi,” described by the act as narrating “a poignant moment of falling for someone seemingly too perfect, yet realizing the disparities in their worldviews.”

Thumping rhythmic escalation and flourishing guitar trickles glide into a lushly effervescent backing texture, propelled further by hints of vocals and their true, dreamy emergence. Nostalgic, elongated whimpers add further immersion alongside a sleighbell-like charm, making for a dream-pop delight fit for seasonal snowfalls and frosty windowpane spectating.

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 Dream-Pop.

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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