Haunting strings and an ardent vocal performance star on “Honest,” a captivating new single from NYC-based artist Isabella Dussias. “I’m too honest with myself,” the vocals repeat during a heartrending rise, as lush acoustic trickles ascend into a stirring string-laden accompaniment. A wintry piano-led tone assumes prominence as the rhythm section kicks in, leading a consuming series of verses into another gorgeous escalation. “You choose a landslide over open fields,” the vocals let out, poetically capturing the surprise and tragedy of heartbreak, within a relationship where one side cannot commit.
“I followed in a trance, until the ceiling broke,” Dussias’ vocals soar into a rousing escalation, referencing the other side as hiding within smoke as one outpours their personal feelings. The strings’ role in signaling emotive rises play with spine-chilling impact, with Dussias’ dynamic vocal work spanning from lush introspection to ardent realizations of a growing disconnect. “I hope this song can provide some kind of catharsis to whoever may be experiencing a similar, frustrating situation,” Dussias says.
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 Indie Folk.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.