Slowklahoma – “Dog Days”


“Dog Days” is the melodic debut single from Slowklahoma, a band based in Cologne, Germany. Quaint, twangy verses — lamenting “it’s getting lonely building playgrounds out of concrete,” — ascend into a bright, hooky “hates the government,” chorus with synth-touched lushness. Crunchy guitar distortion and soaring keys captivate as both vocalists converge with delightful impact, making for a momentum-filled drive into the lonesome guitar wandering past the three-minute turn. The conclusion satiates with bouncy organs and dual-vocal charisma, putting a bow on the success that is “Dog Days.”

Described as primarily “about wasting your time standing by,” “Dog Days” touts striking songwriting in its compelling structural rises, charming multiple vocalists, and nostalgic lyrical wits — referencing Andy Kaufman fake-death conspiracy theories and a wistful remembrance of Belle & Sebastian. “Dog Days” shows Slowklahoma as a project that’s likely to quickly ascend.

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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