Mark Howard – “Scarlette”


A “rain keeps pouring down,” melancholy takes hold on “Scarlette,” a yearning success of a single from Mark Howard. The Phillip Island, Australia-based singer/songwriter crafts a palpable retrospection, musing on lost love that lingers on in memory with a tendency to “wait in time.” Various vocal layers meld with rainy-day guitar tones, reminding at points of The War on Drugs’ rock atmospherics.

An eerily understated vocal presence compares a torn relationship to a “flickering light you cannot replace,” — with the flame-like comparisons of being “gone tomorrow,” capturing the fleeting sense of a love, gone but still enduring in spirit. “The world keeps turning, nothing can ease my mind,” they admit into somber guitar tones. “Scarlette” is a moving success from Mark Howard, impressing in its more solemn introspections and the rousing “she’s gone tomorrow,” acknowledgements amidst a pop/rock intertwining.

“The song was first workshopped with my previous band on a rainy day in Cape Woolamai,” Mark explains. “Once the opening lyric, “She breaks” came bursting out, I knew what direction the song would take but it would eventually take a few years to find the right sonic atmosphere.”

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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