The Good Neighbors – “Room For You”


Buffalo-based band The Good Neighbors compel on new single “Room For You,” meshing alt-pop and indie-rock melodics with hooky vocal rises, suave guitars, and saxophone additions. Themes revolve around an ambiguous reciprocation of emotions — capturing a state of obsession with someone else, despite a lack of clear reciprocity, and consequently trying to determine their true thoughts. The track represents a slight shift for the band, previously embracing a more alt-rock and punk-touched direction, and now succeeding with an alt-pop flair.

A dial-tone traverses into a suave vocal response, as the melodic vocals bemoan a friend-zone potentiality. A twinkling, hooky yearning — “seems my mind is made up on you,” — enamors during the memorable chorus, with later saxophone additions lending well to the serenely contemplative mood, still retaining a hooky infectiousness throughout. “Room For You” is a strong showing from The Good Neighbors.

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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