Barrington – “The Waiting Game”


Orange County based band Barrington show a rising rock-forward enjoyment on new single “The Waiting Game,” described as “chronicling the final decay of a long-toxic relationship in uncomfortable detail.” A gradual momentum establishes via the clanging percussive pulse and smooth bass line, joining with distorted guitar swipes and nonchalant vocals for a new-wave nostalgia, a la The Cars. “So that makes me the villain, so that paints me in black,” the vocals acknowledge, leading verses that depict the ensuing descent.

The act’s more emotive, radiant expressions are on display during the satiating chorus. The guitar pulses ascend into a soaring character, as the vocals admit “there’s someone who’ll love you better than I do.” The shout-y vocal reflection and ardent guitar swell stands out enjoyably from the more nonchalant verses, with a subtle shimmering of synths bridging the two sections together. “The Waiting Game” is a melodic, relatable success from Barrington.

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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