ok jolson – “drought”


ok jolson crafts a mesmerizing sound on “drought,” dazzling with its array of twangy guitars, late-night synths, and hypnotic vocal envelopments. The solo project’s chilling vocal arsenal and piano-touched infusions remind at points of later-era Talk Talk, particularly as the “I just walked away,” suaveness traverses into the “waiting,” hook — adorned with delectable synth work. “drought” is a moody, atmospheric gem from ok jolson, who caught our attention a few months back with the single “800 club.”

“This song is about yearning for change and not being sure if it’s ever going to arrive,” the artist explains. “It was recorded straight to tape in a basement in the depths of quarantine, all by a single person.”

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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