Late Guest at the Party – “In Defense of Time”


“In Defense of Time” presents an alluring, pulsing pop charisma from Euro-American act Late Guest at the Party. Mastering from Joe Lambert (DFA Records, Animal Collective) adds to the riveting production, which enamors in both the verses’ synth-laden bounces and the hooky vibrancy apparent in the expanded chorus. The effort is described as “about the feelings of regret and reflection about the connections you have with your past romantic relationships.” The project’s Italy origins shifted to NYC in 2013, and 2024 will see an upcoming album that infuses alternative dance, dance, and futuristic pop appeal.

“I try not to remember you,” confessional vocals compel during a particularly engrossing sequence, with string-laden backing, into the replay-inducing “I’m used this distance,” central hook. “In Defense of Time” maintains a continuous grip throughout, from the catching central hook to a series of verses that, per the project, describe “the feelings after getting a text from and ex about seeing you out in public and not approaching you then.”

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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