Martyn Scott – “Turn”


Twangy guitars and a smoothly entrancing vocal presence exude a memorable rock sound on “Turn,” the latest single from Martyn Scott, an artist from Rotherham, UK. Scott’s sound presents a confident nostalgia, particularly in a versatile vocal presence that spans from chilly hypnotics within the title-touting caressing into the ’60s pop refreshments of the “time before,” sequence, where wordless backing vocal radiance adds to the throwback engrossment. Bursting guitars at the four-minute turn drive into a sturdy finale, where the jangly guitars and steady percussion assemble for a final enticement.

Scott’s influences are diverse, spanning from more evident aspects like ’60s pop to romantic classical composers and heralded jazz guitarists. “So turn and walk away, the past has had its time,” marks a particularly impactful sequence here, balancing haunting introspection with the jangly guitar-forward immediacy. “Turn” is exemplary of Scott’s knack for riveting songwriting and timeless-sounding aesthetical appeal.

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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