LoveSelf – “Mummy & Daddy”


An evolving, grungy rock appeal lingers throughout “Mummy & Daddy,” a new single from LoveSelf, the project of singer/songwriter Joshua Luke Anthony O’Riley. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the now Canadian-based artist presents a stirring sound with this solo output, wearing a Nirvana influence on its sleeve as brooding musings on “love is so funny,” and a sarcastic-feeling laughter proves invigorating alongside sludgy guitar-based vigor.

An ominous bass crawl and conversational vocal samples cast a starting intrigue. References to “responsibilities and commitments,” build aptly into the “mommy and daddy told me I should get a job,” youthful spiritedness. The darkly atmospheric swell into the “love is so funny,” segment proves captivating, reveling in a jaded-sounding lyrical disposition and amped-up slabs of guitar distortion. “Mummy & Daddy” is a gripping rock output with enthralling ’90s alt-rock and grunge nostalgia on display.

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 Rock.

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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