Paulcito – ‘MVP’

Exploring a range of confident rock swagger and atmospheric piano-laden intrigue alike, MVP is a memorable new album from Rhode Island-based artist Paulcito.

The opening “Love Complete” casts an eerie intrigue with the slow guitar crawls, spacey backing, and reflective vocal brooding. Its minimalist, steady structural unveiling makes for a climactic appeal that evolves seamlessly into the amped-up rock of “Natural Thrill.” The twangy guitar bounces and more impassioned vocal delivery is a stark tonal departure from “Love Complete” and its contemplative engrossment, quickly emphasizing the project’s tonal and stylistic versatility on a track-to-track basis.

“Candlepin Star” is also an inventive success. A subdued vocal narrative chronicling “honeymoon days and nights,” and a potential descent remind tonally of black midi, while the accompanying piano chiming and gentle guitar washes add further to the hypnotic impact. Organs and piano also stir on “Oh So Luckie,” culminating in a gorgeous interplay between guitar and piano. MVP is an enjoyably unpredictable ride from Paulcito.

“Natural Thrill” 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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