Impressing in its range from contemplative folk-pop into dreamy psychedelic intrigue, “Handsome but Pitiful” is a memorable new single from Siblings, a Dallas-based project comprising actual siblings Quinn (quinn bee) and Iko B (Heavy in Pocket). Playful acoustics complement vocals depicting a party setting, and stepping outside to take a smoke. “Fake a smile,” the vocals let out alongside piano flourishes, venturing into a bouncy orchestral-pop briefness leading into the title-touting remarking.
A critique of narcissists and those who think they’re “martyrs of the world,” and seemingly those who rant and rave within a sort of main-character syndrome, compels amidst a dynamic production — spanning from the psych-folk vocal effects in the final minute to the vintage-pop appeal in the “why’d you come running back home?” segment. This is a stellar output from Siblings.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.