Aoun – “Shears” (feat. Big Dumb Baby)


“Shears” evolves with epic folk-driven entrancement, showcasing the gripping songwriting of Brooklyn-based band Aoun. Also written with and featuring fellow Brooklyn-based artist Big Dumb Baby, “Shears” captivates with its patiently building portrait of a relationship’s end — and especially, coming to terms with its dissolution and looking back with meaningful reflection.

“The song was split into two parts and those two parts were written separately (lyrically speaking),” guitarist/vocalist Aoun says. “One was written in those final self reflective moments during the relationship, and the second half was written right after it had ended.” The two-part structural choice proves artful and impactful, audibly representative of wide-ranging emotions that a relationship’s end can induce.

Solemn vocals ask “will you bring me to shelter, when the cold rain falls?” amidst a haunting acoustical drive. The multi-vocal momentum appears with chilling effect, furthering: “am I just another sweater?” in pondering the seemingly disposable nature of some relationships. Brass incorporations invigorate in the second half, injecting a hopeful tonal resonance. “You’re six weeks gone,” the vocals kickstart with yearning as clanging rock guitars converge with the brass, enthralling with its impassioned sincerity. “Shears” is a moving success from Aoun and Big Dumb Baby.

This and other tracks can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Indie Folk’ 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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