Band Spectra – “It Starts Again”


“It Starts Again” is an engaging new single from Band Spectra, the project of Southeast England-based musician Robert Manning. The single includes hypnotic vocals from Jade Cook, lead singer of the act City Parking. Buzzing synths and Cook’s spoken-word suaveness combine for an immediate intrigue. A meshing of nostalgic Kraut-rock and modern electronic pop, in the vein of LCD Soundsystem, strut a compelling production. Arab Strap “First Big Weekend” is referenced as a particular sound-alike from the artist.

“Here we go again, it starts again,” the vocals continue amidst a hypnotic array of buzzing synths and gentle percussive pulses. The “just keep walking, just keep moving,” closing submergence fades with satiating effect; the track’s production excels in its balancing of debonair hypnotics and driving electro-pop momentum. We’re certainly excited to hear what’s next from Band Spectra, which represents the first track to be shown from Band Spectra’s forthcoming EP.

Manning elaborates on the project’s origins:

“Band Spectra began as a therapeutic endeavour following a passing recommendation by a neuropsychologist to use music as an aid to try to combat a decline in my health as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. Recognising the frustrating lack of visibility and significant barriers faced by disabled musicians Band Spectra is a celebration, a vector of awareness towards disability and diversity within todays music industry.”

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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