Hillary Capps – ‘from the quiet of the underworld’ EP


Gorgeous string arrangements and folk-forward intrigue meld grippingly on the new EP from New York-based artist Hillary Capps. from the quiet of the underworld presents a ravishing sound, from the opener’s chamber-folk expanses to the solemn folk workings of finale “Edges.” Production and mixing from Tiger Darrow combines with Capps’ sensational songwriting for a thorough success, exploring themes of “identity, death, and rebirth.”

Opening track “Montage” is a riveting success, immersing with a dynamic production that incorporates flourishes of strings and synth infusions amidst a melodic folk-pop arsenal. “Director’s cut, just write me a montage scene,” Capps’ vocals exude with debonair enticement, sending chills into a spoken-word vocal narrative as the strings assume great prominence across multiple layers; this is a ravishing, replay-inducing impact to kickstart the EP.

“Reeds” follows with lusher intrigue. “Only wind will carry me through reeds,” Capps sings, with plucky guitars and gently caressing strings assembling to chilly vocal escalations alongside pit-pattering percussion. “Was it a dream?” the vocals inquire, adding further to the serene dream-like escapism. “Smokescreen” sees an uptick in vocal vibrancy alongside a similarly lush pace, while “Edges” concludes the EP with a solemn folk-forward introspection. from the quiet of the underworld is a showcase of Hillary Capps’ captivating songwriting.

“Montage” 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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