Aquamarine – “Honeymoon Phase”


Sonoma, CA-based band Aquamarine strut a riveting rock sound on new single “Honeymoon Phase,” the fourth track on their new full-length, Two Perched. Dreamy guitar jangles complement an emotive vocal presence, letting out “I am not compelled, I am not under that spell,” with a touch of nostalgic sophisti-pop, a la Prefab Sprout. A jangle-pop arsenal arises more in the ensuing verses, conveying a crisply melodic charm.

“Only one thing could be worse, honeymoon phase in reverse,” the lush vocals conclude, followed by glistening guitar lines and hypnotic, thumping bass. The serene “fruit of your labors are out of season,” introspection furthers the dynamic tonal range, from chipper jangle-pop to moody sophisti-pop hints. “Honeymoon Phase” is a captivating showcase in melody and aesthetic from Aquamarine, comprising childhood friends Aaron Marcus-Willers, Tyler Meloan, and Ben Koler.

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This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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