Hafsol – “Untitled #2”


“Untitled #2” struts a gorgeous folk sound from Hafsol, a Philadelphia-based project that has grown from a solo project into a quintet. Serene guitar work mingles with tender piano touches and understated percussion, with a string-laden shimmer enamoring underneath at points.

Past the first minute arrives into a particularly memorable segment, where the vocal layers converge and the percussion fades momentarily — guiding into a cathartic push of trickling acoustics, lush piano, and textural glistening. Subtle synth infusions flash as well, adding a spacey intrigue. The smoky vocal lead, lamenting “it’s hard to find that light sometimes,” consumes as well; the various parts all come together with beautiful cohesion and melodic grace on “Untitled #2.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Folk.

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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