Exuding a late-night intrigue with an eerily compelling character, “Fire” is the latest single from Possumwulf. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based project has a savvy self-description on their Bandcamp: “Hillbilly doom pop for the collapse.” The track’s recording setting — in the remote Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas — combines with forlorn vocals, intriguing chamber-pop elements, and a dose of southern-rock experimentation for a beautifully idiosyncratic and atmospheric sound.
A heady bass line, glimmering synths, and a lonesome guitar twanginess drive into a morose vocal lead — strutting a haunting quality with shades of Swans, Nick Cave, and Grizzly Bear. The darkly intoxicating effect takes hold throughout, particularly as multiple vocal layers converge alongside sullen strings and guitar twangs; the “take my hand,” lyrical temptation proves apt amidst the seductively darkening production, immersing throughout in consistent form.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.