One Dan Band – ‘EP ii’


A subdued folk sound with ample emotional depth is showcased on EP ii, the new release from Chicago-based artist One Dan Band. “The songs touch on love, relationships, and feelings felt in isolation,” One Dan Band explains.

Hypnotic acoustics and soft vocals stir on the opening “Alone in the Kitchen,” casting a mellow captivation. Its steady structural flow evolves seamlessly into the murkier “Bored ii,” where ruminating synth tones and anxiety-referencing lyrical sentiments show a continuous intrigue. “True Friend” follows with a more warming folk bounciness, reminding of Damien Jurado in the starry-eyed illuminating background textures. The first half of the EP thoroughly compels, and the second half doesn’t let up, either.

“Nothing Works Better” kickstarts with mellow keys and awakening lyrical introspection; its minimalist production is endearingly gripping. “Someone in the Morning” continues those early-morning vibes and lyrical references, set against serene guitar twangs and a gentle percussive pulse. “The Way you Look at Me” concludes this stellar EP with a timeless-feeling folk production, with lush acoustics and contemplative vocals musing on yearning and separation. EP ii is a stellar success from One Dan Band.

“Alone in the Kitchen” 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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