Wyoki – “Hot Damn (El Camino)”


“Hot Damn (El Camino)” is a hooky, charismatic single from Wyoki, the Kingfisher, Oklahoma-based solo project Gary Reid. A no-frills immediacy takes hold throughout, reflective of the artist’s overall aim with the project, described as such: “to gross out the mainstream crowd while carefully & respectfully displaying how to get color & creativity back into music, away from AI & off the grid.”

A steady guitar thumping and flourishing synths drive into a melodic presence and sense of breezy confidence: “When I’m in my El Camino, I know you know I’m the king of the county.” Jangly guitars enter thereafter alongside lyrical aspirations of letting loose, alongside further bouts of confidence of coolness. “I move, I swing, like it doesn’t mean a thing.”

The melodic array of synths, guitars, and confident lyrical bravado makes for an accessible charm throughout, concocting a replay-inducing appeal after the two-minute mark especially, when twangy guitars and serene synths intertwine. “Hot Damn (El Camino)” is a stellar showing from Wyoki.

“I’ve included a lot of my OKC friends on this one,” Reid adds. “The reasoning for this is believe Oklahoma City USA is a hotbed for interesting, creative, wandering, souls.”

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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