Smoltz – “Holding Out”


A contemplative rock sound takes hold on “Holding Out,” a compelling new single from Smoltz, the project of Brooklyn-based songwriter Zach Hinkle (who also performs under the moniker Desert Blonde).

Tranquil guitar tones and sporadic piano touches lead into a solemn vocal lead, emitting a subdued sort of grunge/rock/shoegaze intertwining that shows aptly with its “stare into space,” lyrical output. “The sirens are coming and going,” the vocals further during a psychedelic swirl of phasing effects. “Tell yourself to wait it out,” they continue thereafter, settling into the tranquility of the initial guitar/piano warmness. Multi-layered vocal enthusiasm pairs with textured guitar distortion in the final segment, showcasing a sturdy alt-rock expanse into the track’s riveting conclusion.

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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