Revealing a timeless-sounding balladry, “Alchemy” is the latest single from New Jersey-based duo The Rug. Taking inspiration from staples like ELO and Pink Floyd, its integration of classic-rock and modern pop appeal makes for a resonating success.
The quaint piano-driven initial momentum begins to escalate upon the “it’s just a little alchemy,” remark, soaring thereafter into a powerful psych-pop glow, with a McCartney-esque vocal yearning. The track’s range — from rousing theatrics like the “price that I pay to be near you,” to the initial solemnness — is wholly riveting, marking another success from the duo, who broke out in 2021 with the track “All I Wanna Do.” Their ascent firmly continues with this gem.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.