Abby Webster – “Calliope” + “Sea Goat”


Two new singles from Montana-based singer/songwriter Abby Webster, “Calliope” and “Sea Goat” are exemplary of her consuming folk, bedroom-pop, and alt-country aesthetical intertwining.

“Calliope” immerses with its hypnotic guitar twangs and easy-going vibe. “And I don’t even mind that you got an addiction to leaving me,” magnetic vocals continue with flourishes of strings, as chugging bass takes hold during the subsequent “out in the woods,” section. A smooth guitar emphasis follows, with the snake metaphor resonating thereafter as chilly strings enter momentarily. “Calliope” showcases a dynamic, gripping range — from twangy guitar and string interplay to folk-friendly vocal wit.

“Sea Goat” is another success, lamenting “I don’t wanna be a Capricorn anymore,” and musing on spontaneous weeping amidst a brisker folk-friendly arsenal. “I can never get enough,” vocals stir with clarity, capped off by twangy guitar adornments and then a vocal-fronted sparseness — leading into a riveting conclusion. Both these singles are surefire successes from Abby Webster.

These and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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