Inkakai – “Drown”


An impassioned rock anthem, “Drown” is a fervent success from Los Angeles-based band Inkakai. A tonally dynamic sound takes hold in the “alone I drown,” refrain especially — spanning from the dreamy bridge into a cathartic, shout-embracing ardency. “Carry on,” the subsequent verses begin, now bolstered by a buzzing synth element. “What the hell went on?” they question as a metal-friendly guitar raucousness compels, easing cohesively into the “alone I drown,” energy. The vocals fade past the two-minute mark for an exciting sequence, where ’80s guitar theatrics present a blistering excitement into another hooky refrain.

“Drown” is an enjoyable showcase of Inkakai’s eclectic tonal drive and heart-on-sleeve emotional outpouring. Their fusing of alt-rock, electronica, and nu-metal makes for a thrilling sound. The track undergone several changes since its original recordings in 2012, and now finds an excellent mixing partner in Tim Palmer — known for his work on Pearl Jam’s Ten and U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind — in this stellar final result.

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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