Santa Claws – “Grain of Sand”


French band Santa Claws strut an introspective rock appeal on new single “Grain of Sand.” Climactic guitars and escalating vocal layers successfully tackle lofty, space-minded themes, as explained by Santa Claws: “This song talks about the feeling of being just a grain of sand in the universe, about this need that human beings have to conform in order to feel alive.” A dynamic tonal display impresses throughout, cohesively shifting between spacious intrigue and anthemic rock outpouring.

A hypnotic array of guitar fragments mingle into a contemplative vocal stirring. The sparser, psychedelic verses build with impact into a rousing rise past the first minute, referencing the “grain of sand,” feeling alongside patiently unveiling slabs of electric guitars. A debonair vocal musing is complemented by responsive, higher-pitched vocal layers; the incorporation of heavier guitars and multiple vocal layers stand out from the preceding verses’ lushness, and showcase the band’s ability to craft gripping rock soundscapes with palpable structural momentum.

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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