Aptøsrs – “Rust Mountain”

The striking debut single from Los Angeles-based artist Aptøsrs, “Rust Mountain” is an instrumental tour-de-force — spanning from gentle orchestral haunts into a menacing array of industrial murmuring and furious string arrangements. The track comes via the upcoming album Elders. The project itself represents the work of composer/songwriter Paul Terry, whose eclectic inspirations and tendency for heady atmospheric momentum make for a stirring sound here.

Terry’s knack for climactic atmospheric engrossment is unmistakable from the get-go. Soaring symphonic intrigue traverses into a foreboding rhythmic thumping, resembling storm clouds quickly descending upon a small town. Ghostly piano additions adorn with subtle entrancement thereafter, into a furious propulsion of strings — coinciding with ardently escalating percussion for a stampede-like momentum. Brisker drums at mid-point coalesce with these piano tones for hints of trip-hop, converging with an atmospheric, cinematic luster for a strongly memorable instrumental debut from Aptøsrs.

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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