Cloudbelly – “If You Want”


“If You Want” is a new single from Cloudbelly, a band from Western Massachusetts. The track comes via their upcoming album i know i know i know, complemented by a US tour beginning in February. The album draws inspiration from the human experience — and particularly the process of grieving, remembering, getting angry, forgiving, and the myriad of emotions we all experience.

A moving production with strings and from-the-heart vocal sincerity, “If You Want” is described by the band as “an impassioned conversation between two voices residing in the same body, reckoning with a tendency to run from the things you want the most.” The “why would you go dark again?” vocal questioning echoes a feeling of “heart-sick,” as a reflection of “hubris like Icarus,” with plucky instrumentation and escalating vocal emotion stirring thereafter. “If You Want” is a gorgeous showing from Cloudbelly, whose upcoming album we’re firmly anticipating.

This 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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