Calum Ingram – “The Man”


A no-frills rock ‘n’ roll charisma shows on “The Man,” the new single from Calum Ingram. The Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter and cellist struts a throwback-sounding engrossment, melding bluesy stomps within satirical lyrical swipes at ’60s and ’70s rock — particularly addressing who “the man,” is with compelling bravado and modern, unified relevance.

“It’s about the idea of someone towering over you, showing you that they are the only ones worthy of power,” Ingram explains. “It’s also about the stranglehold that men have had over women through the generations. I feel very passionately about women’s rights, so this is a reminder to people that are stuck in the past to wake the hell up!”

“I’m like the spider, crawling up the wall,” the vocals open charismatically, with funk and blues apparent in the guitar tones leading into the “what do you want from me?” more rock-friendly suaveness. Excitable cello work appears with intermittent yet impactful resonance, adding further to the captivating rock arsenal throughout, and especially within the riveting “what do you want from me?” conclusion. “The Man” is a confident, stylish success from Calum Ingram.

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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