Leon Frear – “A Town Called Chapel”


Showing shades of Tom Waits and The Psychedelic Furs, “A Town Called Chapel” is a compelling new single from Leon Frear. The Chicago-based artist describes the effort as “a poison pen love letter to an historically musical time and place, to big blown-up plans and irreplaceable, lost relationships. No matter what else I say, It’s a letter I sign with love.”

Eerie guitar stylings and sporadic percussion traverse into a morose, lonesome vocal affection. “This world is full of freaks and fools, on that you can depend,” Frear’s suave vocals admit alongside chirpier guitar twangs. Ensuing lyrics signal a desire for escape, following observations on society’s myriad of characters and personality types. The raspy vocal feeling ventures into fierce guitar distortion prior to three-minute turn, injecting a harder rock appeal before the ghostlier vocals re-emerge. “A Town Called Chapel” is a piece of compelling songwriting from Leon Frear.

The track follows up Frear’s debut single “Secret Second Moon,” whose video can be watched below. The tracks come via the artist’s upcoming album Wild Rice releasing on March 1st.

“A Town Called Chapel” 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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