Safar Republique – “Progress”


Belgian collective Safar Republique compel on their eclectic instrumental rocker “Progress,” melding Afro-jazz roots and modern rock vigor for a consistently stimulating sound. A more subtle rhythmic swell becomes gradually accompanied by riveting strings, followed by engaging guitar work; the result is wholly memorable, abundant in both melody and atmosphere.

Pit-pattering percussion, chiming guitar reflections, and sporadic bass drive enjoyably into a soaring string arrangement; its elongated tone meshes with plucky instrumentation and an understated rhythmic drive for a transportive atmospheric immersion. The guitar work then enters with climactic intrigue, developing from suave murmurs into a trickling enthusiasm. Guitar heightens in pitch and pace for a fluid captivation, then settling into an exotic rhythmic bustle before eerie strings emerge. “Progress” is an ever-shifting instrumental rock delight from Safar Republique.

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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