HORACE – “Wayward”


Serene synths and reassuring vocal warmness leads “Wayward,” a recent single from HORACE, the project of Montreal-based singer/songwriter and producer Gabriel Horace Davis.

Peppier verses and backing reflective vocals conjure a sound initially reminiscent of Jens Lekman’s more bustling numbers, with the journeying into dreamy synths and ghostly vocals — “I’ll pick you up,” — sending chills. “That moment you broke your heart,” they continue during a magnetic bridge, exuding a sophisti-pop nostalgia alongside the textured synths and wordless backing vocal touches.

“Wayward” is a gorgeous showing from HORACE, who describes the track as “about the cathartic growth of overcoming disassociation and alienation, from the lens of a person lost within in their own psyche.”

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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