Sweet Unrest – “Peace of Mind”


London-based band Sweet Unrest present a hooky rock/pop appeal on “Peace of Mind,” succeeding in both its distortion-friendly rises and more subdued introspection. Formed by songwriter and lead singer Jack River, following a renewal with sobriety and great self-awareness, Sweet Unrest emits a sense of crisply melodic catharsis. “The band gives me peace of mind. It keeps the demons away,” Jack says. The track releases alongside a music video.

Twangy guitars exude a hypnotic radiance to start, leading into vocals that lament “I’ve had enough of the state I’m in,” alongside more enthused swaying. A heavier dose of distortion aligns with the dynamic vocal range, traversing from lush contemplation to a Libertines-esque rasp, for an enveloping hook. A spirited romp of guitars impress thereafter at the mid-point, with the next chorus’ reveal amplified further by twinkling piano flourishes and wordless backing vocal additions. “Peace of Mind” is a melodic, climactic rock success from Sweet Unrest.

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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