Cal Lynn – “Maybelline”


The second single from Brighton, UK-based artist Cal Lynn, “Maybelline” casts a dreamily melodic spell alongside lyrical emotions of losing someone close to addiction. The lush vocals meld with steady acoustics and twinkling keys for a blissful aesthetic reminiscent of The Clientele, also showing shades of Foxygen during the riveting chorus: “Maybelline… you used to sit so close to me. Now you’re strung out on that poison rock.”

The lyrics bemoan the fall of a close companion with melancholic retrospection, as the “la-la,” vocal work past the three-minute mark injects a bouncy charm within the morose seriousness. A debonair guitar emphasis melds with the “you’re my Maybelline,” vocal refrain during the stirring conclusion, putting a memorable bow on this excellent track from Cal Lynn, also released alongside a music video (above). We’re excited to hear what’s next.

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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