O’Carmody – “Can’t Win” (feat. Darity)


A glistening sophisti-pop enamoring takes hold on “Can’t Win,” a blissful new single from O’Carmody and Darity. Caressingly subdued vocal layers are adorned by a grooving bass line and flourishing guitars, as the vocals admit “don’t wanna think about it, anymore,” to align well with the sense of escapism — where troubles float away.

The responsive vocal impact and trickling guitars at the three-minute mark — with a title-bearing refrain — exudes a particularly special entrancement, fondly reminiscent of Prefab Sprout. “Can’t Win” is a thorough, mellowly melodic delight of a listening experience.

The effort is described as “about feeling bad and helpless to do anything about it. About feeling stuck and defeated, while swirling and gasping in the whitewaters of unrequited romantic affection.”

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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