Zoe Bayani – “My Dog”


“My Dog” is an alluring single from Atlanta-based artist Zoe Bayani, providing the first look at her upcoming debut album. A lyrical embrace of individuality, while still valuing a dedication to loved ones, stirs alongside a climactic arsenal — from twangy minimalist folk to anthemic rock power.

Quaint guitar strums complement the “do I look familiar?” vocal questioning to start. Subtle twangs weave in, alongside lyrical aspirations to not “die in my hometown.” The lush guitar work — both the acoustical lightness and gentle twangs — are beautiful accompaniments to Bayani’s introspective vocal tone, which rises with seamless cohesion as the rhythm section kicks in past the first minute. “I feel like a ghost story waiting to happen,” Bayani sings following this escalation, further reckoning with changes and the disappearance of a childhood home’s comfort.

Soaring guitar twangs and ruminating momentum cross the three-minute turn, reminding fondly of Mitski, aesthetically. The journey from acoustical contemplation into a fierce rock vigor showcases Bayani’s striking tonal variety and stirring songwriting, in general. “I hope you take it fine / and I’ll see you the day my dog dies,” the closing refrain emanates, with the dog’s metaphorical comparison to contrarianism/individuality stirring in conveying one’s individual power and self-confidence.

Bayani elaborates further on the track’s themes:

“It started off as a song about my mom and how much I look up to her, but as I kept writing it kind of ended up feeling more dedicated just to people I love. I hate taking people’s advice, even though I know that my friends and family are pretty much always right. I always end up wanting to be a contrarian, and that’s what the actual “dog” ends up representing in the song. It’s a metaphor for those bad decisions and judgments you end up sticking with just because someone else told you not to.”

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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