CHUCK – “Crawl”


“Crawl” compels with its enthralling build and emotive range, emphasizing the gripping songwriting of CHUCK, the Denver-based project of Charlie Beaman. The single reminds of acts like Nick Cave and The National in its moody, low-pitched vocal tone and organ-friendly infusions, surrounding a narrative inspired by true events — and for this single, per Beaman, illustrating “the deviancy of a double life that is painful to keep and let go.”

A haunting piano progression and morose vocals convey a sense of nocturnal contemplation, referencing “nighttime sheets,” and being “out with some friends,” into a chilly organ emergence. The uptick in vibrancy captivates upon the percussive pit-pattering, at this point reminding fondly of The National’s steadily evolving emotive rock charm — particularly as the additional piano line hits around the “I think I should’ve stayed home tonight,” introspection. A grumbling guitar distortion weaves in seamlessly, driving into a thrilling conclusion that fully embraces a glam-touched rock fervency. “Crawl” is a stellar success from CHUCK.

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