Elliott Ok – “Here and New York”


A lovely, timeless-feeling folk enamoring takes hold on “Here and New York,” thematically exploring how the grass always seems greener on the side. The track comes via singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Ok, drawing on influences like Television and Lou Reed. A subdued, chugging guitar presence and weary vocal contemplative combine for a warming resonance to start.

“And I hope we meet again, between here and New York,” the vocals sing with a sense of melancholy, followed by twangier guitar insertions as reflections admit that “there’s nothing in this summer town.” The lyrics are impactful in capturing a yearning for something and/or somewhere new, whether it’s the bright city lights or more relaxed waters. Recurring goodbyes and the request for help in pulling out “this cork” further emphasize a need for emotional release or change. “Here and New York” is a moving piece of songwriting from Elliott Ok.

The artist elaborates on the track’s inspirations:

“I wrote Here and New York while listening to a lot of 70’s New York artists like Lou Reed and Television. I was reminded of when a high school girlfriend moved to New York to get away from the west coast hippie beach town we grew up in. I wrote the song as both an ode to New York artists and a meditation on the differences of mentality between people from the east and west coast, and how the grass always seems to be greener.”

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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