Jimmy Valentine – “Back to LA”


A wistful longing for Los Angeles persists on the soulfully melodic “Back to LA,” a new single from Jimmy Valentine. A timeless-sounding vocal lead meshes with twangy guitars during the title-touting chorus, remarking it’s “where the sun shines brightest, maybe that’s where you’ll find us.” Understated verses build with delightful cohesion into palpable momentum, culminating in a soaring vocal whimsy as the chorus takes hold, with the “I miss the beach,” bridge stirring in its slight switch-up.

“In the rearview mirror of my life, I see the City of Angels, where the sunshine wraps its warm arms around my body and the endless vineyards make me giddy,” Valentine says. “The city, with its perpetual blue skies, is a metaphor for everything good in life that you miss, deeply. Then I realised, you can raise your glass in any city. I never actually lived there (although I visited, once).”

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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