BC Smith – “Ashes”


The debut track from Los Angeles-based solo artist BC Smith, “Ashes” engrosses with a serenely atmospheric power. Smith has also worked extensively as a film composer, scoring 45+ films, and their attention to sonic detail shows throughout the riveting “Ashes.” Acoustic guitars, modular synthesizers, piano, and orchestral flourishes combine for a compelling track, which Smith describes as “a musical narrative that reflects my personal journey, a tone poem of sonic exploration and layers of emotion.”

“Ashes” begins with a tactful sense of momentum. Bristling acoustics are complemented by wintry piano touches, crafting a hypnotic and patiently unveiling soundscape. A serene string-laden chill embraces past the first minute, adding a sense of cinematic warmness. The finger-picked guitar movements remain a continuous force throughout, adding to the meditative glow. Flickering tones evolve into the four-minute turn, fading like a radar in static into a satiating conclusion. “Ashes” is a masterclass in atmosphere from BC Smith.

This track is featured on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Obscure Ambient’ 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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