Stranger Attraction – “Riot”


Synth pulses and hazily melodic guitars enamor alongside mellow vocals on the catching “Riot,” a new single from Stranger Attraction. The project was formed by Barcelona-based artist Boris Salapa, originally from Czecho-Slovakia. Growing up within the underground punk-rock sound, Salapa joined various bands throughout his teens, and eventually formed a project of his own via Stranger Attraction; it was initially a solo endeavor, though now includes new members like Matias Crosa, alongside ongoing new additions.

Debonair guitar insertions around the one-minute turn coincides with a more expressive vocal layering, melding synths and guitars with the uptick in vocal vibrancy for an impactfully melodic charm. Synths carry throughout the compelling verses, with a flash of sophisti-pop wordless vocals adding further intrigue. The central hook, with its jangling guitars and multi-layered vocals, touts a replay-inducing engrossment; “Riot” is a stellar piece of songwriting from Stranger Attraction.

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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