Learn to Surf – “Passing By”


“Passing By” is a grippingly serene track from Learn to Surf, the UK-based quartet who caught our ears in January with debut release “Coming Good.” The dazed, harmonious rock engrossment on that track firmly had us anticipating what was next, and that comes in the form of “Passing By” — an even more hypnotic, dreamier success.

Caressing guitar jangles lend a breezy, ethereal charm amidst lush percussion — aptly complementing the audible sensation of “a moment of idle thought, staring out at the sea,” per the band. Subtle synth components and delicate vocal layers mesh beautifully. “Looking out on the tide,” the vocals let out. “Pay no mind.” An added acoustical layer thereafter sends chills alongside a dreamy synth during the “just passing by,” vocal. The group of James Baldwin, Jim Coburn, Joe Reeves, and Jack Titcombe are certainly two-for-two so far with their singles, and we’re firmly anticipating their full-length album, planned for the early part of 2024.

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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