Crux – “Dreamseller”


“Dreamseller” is an infectious rocker from Newcastle, UK-based band Crux. Their meshing of prog-rock, grunge, and alternative make for a stimulating success here. Conceptual critiques of the music industry’s corporate-first maneuvers also proves poignantly stirring, reflective of how artists are often encouraged to sacrifice creative risks for a more commodified, vanilla commercial appeal. The band’s response, admirably, is one of defiance in this case — fully embracing their own direction, and espousing a courageous “my way,” refrain in doing so.

“I want it my way, or the highway,” the confident vocals let out alongside debonair guitar tones in the central chorus, falling into a ghostly vocal layering alongside textural mystique, with momentary shades of Radiohead. Pulsing bass and charismatic guitar reflections enamor in the ensuing section, alongside dream-referencing lyrical introspection. The “want it my way,” hook re-emerges thereafter with satiating qualities. A flash of murky bass then traverses into a scorching-hot guitar solo, until a final hooky reprise closes this stellar production from Crux.

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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