Nom De Plume – “Once a Time of May”


Maryland-based band Nom De Plume delights with a twangy folk introspection on new single “Once a Time of May,” releasing ahead of their third studio album. The act comprises singer/songwriter and guitarist Aris Karabelas, bassist Michael Magee, and drummer Dave Roderick. “I was inspired to write the song while living overseas in Greece,” Karabelas says. “The song is about longing to belong and how dangerous the world can feel at times.”

Twangy guitars and heartfelt vocals converge for a memorable production, lyrically capturing a desire to belong in a world — even one filled with danger and strife. An added vocal presence provides a haunting allure during the “people and the places, they’re always on the move,” — capped off by a “in the corner,” conclusion with shades of Neil Young.

The waiting for “something to carry me through,” is conveyed with a rising vocal spiritedness, relatable in its call for comfort in the midst of strife — and perfectly accompanied by the timeless-feeling twangy folk arsenal. “Once a Time of May” is a gorgeous showcase of folk-friendly emotion from Nom De Plume.

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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