julip – “Lobotomy”


The sophomore single from San Francisco-based artist julip, “Lobotomy” captures a modern societal tendency toward disconnection, in addition to a desensitization to suffering. Kicking off with an homage to Lou Reed, julip’s ghostly vocals ask “Lou Reed, are you watching over me?” — contemplating the role of a guardian angel, either aiding throughout an artistic journey or expressing disappointment at a lack of something meaningful.

Tender guitar tones embrace past the one-minute mark as the dreamy vocals fade, fondly reminiscent aesthetically of Mazzy Star. The track rouses in its dynamics, asking “are you hostage?” with piano-laden lushness following a textured rock fervency. Lyrical references to holograms, and remarking “it’s just laser-beams,” reminds of technology’s increasing grasp and the result lack of human connectivity that can ensue. “Lobotomy” is a poignant mover from julip, impressing last year with debut single “Ectothermic.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

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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