Gone Sugar Die – “Valentine”


Vancouver-based act Gone Sugar Die present a lushly melodic pop sound on “Valentine,” a fitting release for this Valentine’s Day week. The duo of Mike Hindert (The Bravery) and Patrick McWilliams (The Cut Losses) enamor with an accessible mixture of serene guitars and mellow synths alongside caressing vocals, thematically depicting a failed romance that prompts longing and reflection. “I can’t be alone tonight, I’m filled with apathy,” the vocals let out at one point, traversing into a delightfully hooky soaring.

Gentle guitar jangles and lush percussion assemble for an enticing, warming introduction. Glimmering synths incorporate cohesively thereafter, adding to the sense of nocturnal contemplation. Smooth vocals let out an adoring “ooh, my valentine,” as guitars sparkle alongside a panting percussive serenity. “Don’t let my heart bring you down, I’m not somebody to get caught up with,” they admit, expressing a sort of reluctance and self-doubt into the title-touting chorus, enamoring with starry-eyed synths/keys. “Valentine” is an alluring single fit for the Valentine’s season from Gone Sugar Die.

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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