Sluka – “Saving It All”


An evolving chamber-pop charisma engages throughout “Saving It All,” a recent single from San Diego-based artist Sluka. Representing the first single from Sluka’s upcoming album Cautionary Yell, “Saving It All” builds into an impassioned title-referencing repetition, capturing thematic pursuits of persevering against tough odds. Notable inspirations are of the space and science-fiction friendly vein, notably Georges Méliés, Jules Verne, and Carl Sagan. A spacey pop production takes hold throughout, marking another success from the project of Christopher Sluka.

An eerie envelopment takes hold initially, quickly guiding into playful piano reflections and Sluka’s resonating vocal presence. “Getting it on, but losing the race, watching the world from outer space,” the vocals traverse into a title-touting sequence, where an underlying arpeggiated intensity lingers alongside the steady piano pulsations and escalating rhythms. The atmospheric construction and lyrical references replicate the sensation of watching the world from a space station, fit for contemplation. An orchestral component maneuvers underneath as well, exemplifying the textured, melodic production throughout this winner from Sluka.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

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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