Harmonica Lewinski – ‘Super Hot’


The new album from New York-based band Harmonica Lewinski, Super Hot presents a suavely intoxicating rock sound, exuding a timeless-sounding engagement in its traversals from rollicking ’60s psych-rock inspirations to synth-touched brightness. Its feel-good, party-set vibe makes for a replay-inducing sensation throughout, showcasing the band — which formed in 2013 — as particularly skilled in no-frills rock pull.

Opening rock instrumental “Burgundy Bandit” echoes a surf-y charm in its fleeting guitar lines and debonair qualities, setting the mood and concocting visions of beach-set dancing. “New Magic” follows with a debonair vocal engrossment, with twangy guitars past the one-minute mark soaring enjoyably as the vocals take a short reprieve. “Penny Saver Blues” injects a hazier, psych-forward immersion, compelling as well; the album’s first three tracks are exemplary of the act’s aesthetical strengths and evident musicianship, traits that continue to be showcased throughout this stellar release.

The smoothly entrancing “Smoke Signals” is another highlight, with contemplative guitar pulses and laid-back vocals crafting a thoroughly hypnotic spell. Elsewhere, “Baja Rosa” brings back the opener’s instrumental aesthetical charm, while the concluding “Kiss of Aquarius” interweaves vintage organs and twangy guitars for a cinematic appeal, something one would anticipate to hear in a Tarantino film. Super Hot is a stylish, standout album from Harmonica Lewinski.

“New Magic” 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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