Liya Shapiro – “The Thing”


Conjuring a haunting sound steeped in post-punk and alt-pop mystique, “The Thing” is the debut single from London-based singer/songwriter Liya Shapiro.

An ominous bass buzzing and percussive pit-pattering venture into a moody, sporadic guitar tones — fully immersing with its post-punk tonal nostalgia. “Can you please tell me the tale of this feeling?” Shapiro questions, with trickling guitar mystique upon the “fire in your eyes,” line adding to the chilly immersion. The power of love is artfully conveyed, with true love feeling just out of reach — “I can barely touch it,” — and the pursuit of such concocting feelings of both heartrending beauty and heartbreaking destruction.

References to “this feeling,” exude a certain wariness of being smitten, pleading for truths as a subtle brassy element unfolds around the three-minute turn. Stirring in both its spaciously emotive chorus and post-punk verses’ brooding, “The Thing” is an entrancing success from Liya Shapiro.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 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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