The Screaming Pope – ‘Your Star’

From the eerie pop infectiousness of “Magic Between Us” to the hip-hop intrigue within “Third Eye,” the album Your Star succeeds in its eclectic stylistic range — showcasing the melodic, diverse work of Boston-based project The Screaming Pope. Led by keyboardist George Bolton, The Screaming Pope succeeds in a grippingly whimsical aesthetical approach throughout Your Star.

“Whirlpool” opens the album with a chilly folk captivation. Ghostly vocal effects and a hip-hop percussive nostalgia traverse into the melodic vocal retrospection. “I’m holding my breath, I just won’t last with the weight of the world caught up in a whirlpool,” they sing, acknowledging a love that endures “until the end of time.” Glimmering synth incorporations and a rhythmic switch-up make for a compelling conclusion, into the stylish pop infectiousness of “Magic Between Us.”

The album’s title track is another standout, asking “can I be your star tonight?” and furthering the smitten sensations conveyed on the opening track. Spacey synth incorporations complement the “I hope you’ll still need me a million years from now,” aspirations. An atmospheric yearning to leave for an eternity, together, stirs alongside the dual-vocal entrancement. Your Star succeeds in a wide realm of concisely effective stylistic pursuits — including the synth-friendly experimentation of “Living In A Drug Commercial,” the pulsating dance-pop of “Hold On,” and the house-friendly exotic intrigue of compelling closer “Hurira.”

“Magic Between Us” 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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