Paul Dill – “Hum Like a Tram”


A standout piece of songwriting from Berlin-based artist Paul Dill, “Hum Like a Tram” ventures from folk-forward beauty into a hypnotic synth-touched headiness. The first single from Dill’s debut album Courage is a course, out on June 7th, “Hum Like a Tram” is described as observing “the details in a long term relationship in a brutal and humorous way, but always with a positive twist.”

“If you bother one another, you have somebody,” Dill’s vocals let out before an ascending captivation, where a bass-y throbbing and flourishing echo effect complement ethereal vocal layers. Twangy guitar adornments add gorgeously as the vocals fade, then re-emerging with tasteful cohesion — “I don’t lose my nerves… they all hum like a tram.” The final minute enthralls with its buzzing synth injections, sending warm invitations as the final vocal duet flourishes. “Hum Like a Tram” has us firmly anticipating the upcoming album from Paul Dill.

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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