Thalo – “Wasteland Blues”


“Wasteland Blues” provides a mystique-filled rock mystique from Thalo, the project of Brooklyn-based musician Jack Harbo. The track is part of the Thalo’s upcoming album, Killing Her.

“The verses are from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic wanderer chatting with someone he’s met on the road,” Harbo explains. “He muses about what the people from before the end of the world must have lived like, and how great it must have been. The choruses are back in the present day, lamenting the possibility that, one day, the strife and conflict of this century will all look nice and easy by comparison.”

“Rest your weary bones, my friend,” the vocals begin with intoxicating appeal, as gentle guitar lines prove atmospheric and contemplative. “Is anybody else afraid?” the escalated vocal presence asks, with jumpier guitars reflecting the uptick in emotion and traversal into the title-touted mystique. “Wasteland Blues” struts a compelling sound between its patiently unfolding initial mystique and title-touting rock suaveness.

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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