November 2nd – ‘November 2nd’

The self-titled album from Czech band November 2nd is their first since 2012’s Midnight Desert, marking a welcome return for this talented act. Singer and guitarist Alexandra Langošová leads a powerful sound, ranging from the introspective moody soaring of the cinematic “What It Feels Like” to bluesy rock stomps like “Crossroads.”

Alongside producer Boris Carloff, the group succeeds with a sound that’s more aggressive than their past work, also infusing elements of soul and electronica. “We took advantage of our previous experience and I think that our music has reached its most authentic tone so far,” Langošová says, also noting that the album was steadily crafted over five years.

While remaining consistently melodic, the album boasts a variety of stylistic twists. “Dirt in the Ditch” shows hints of Depeche Mode’s more rock-incorporated material, melding electronic touches in the verses into a guitar-forward energy. “All Comes Down” is another success with synth flourishes, with the “all comes down to love,” chorus emitting a radio-friendly allure with its accessible drive.

Bluesy guitar twangs and a hint of hip-hop rhythms enamor on the compelling “Comet,” while the opening “Lights Are Out” bears repeating with its buzzing rock ferocity and palpable energy. November 2nd is an enthralling album from this talented Czech act.

“Lights Are Out” 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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