Cedar Bend – “Roots”


Exploring the concept of one’s seemingly inescapable roots, “Roots” is a powerful new track from Cedar Bend, a band based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A momentum-filled journey spans from lo-fi folk-friendly contemplation to dynamic rock anthemics, making for a ceaselessly engaging production.

“I can’t go home again, it will split me into two,” the opening vocals lament alongside steady acoustical strums. Reminders of one’s roots remain a stirring concept, from the initially contemplative folk sound to a rousingly eclectic rock appeal thereafter. Bursting guitars lend a classic-rock nostalgia thereafter, leading into a piano-touched “I lost control again,” facing of reality; the acceptance of personal transformation proves stirring, here and into a second half that wholly embraces the amped-up rock fervency, alongside brassy undercurrents. “Roots” is a compelling success from Cedar Bend.

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