Daphne Eckman – “story”


“story” is a resonating single from Daphne Eckman, via the newly released album where you left me. The Annapolis, Maryland-based singer/songwriter excels with a climactic stylistic unveiling, traversing from contemplative folk into a rousing rock soaring.

Calming acoustics and twangy guitars concoct a contemplatively gripping open. “Why do I try? I had a good time,” Eckman’s vocals let out, reminding tonally of Weyes Blood with a richly reveberating suaveness. “It’s never easy, but in my story you complete me,” a layered vocal presence rouses into a textured electric guitar swell. The “don’t ask me to stay,” sequence thereafter captivates, with the first couple minutes showcasing Eckman’s dynamic talents, spanning from folk-ready intrigue into a rock-forward invigoration. “story” is another stirring success from Eckman, following up last year’s stellar single “jackson pollock.”

Eckman elaborates further on the single:

“In ‘story’ lies the thesis statement for my entire debut record ‘where you left me’, out January 16th 2024. It’s an inner dialogue of yearning for someone who will never put as deep a thought into you as you do them. It’s the recognition of romanticizing someone and putting yourself down in the process. It’s the helplessness of letting your emotions be controlled by another entity that simply, is not thinking of you. Inspired sonically by Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees”, this song sets the tone for the rest of the record: dealing with intense emotions in secret.”

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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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