Head Sound – “Like a Painting”


“Like a Painting” represents the first single from Head Sound‘s forthcoming debut album. Based out of upstate New York, the band draw from influences reputed for dreamy, hypnotic soundscapes in the rock realms — namely: MBV, Slowdive, Sigur Ros, and Radiohead. Spacey synth tones drive into an impassioned guitar presence, ringing with triumphant qualities into a serene vocal entrancement. The placid rhythmic hypnotic and textured guitar undercurrents combine with the lush vocals for a shoegaze-friendly allure.

Just past the first minute, a combination of wordless vocal caressing and bursting guitar make for a replay-inducing hook; the contrast between this exhilaration and the ensuing dreamy contemplation showcases Head Sound’s commendable tonal versatility, reminiscent of Spiritualized. Calming acoustics and laid-back vocals compel around the mid-point, traversing into another delectable hook. “Like a Painting” is a thorough success from Head Sound, meshing dream-pop and shoegaze with lingering appeal.

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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