Tony Leonardi – “I Don’t Care”


The second single from Chicago-based artist Tony Leonardi, “I Don’t Care” hooks with a sound balancing alt-rock and psych-pop creativity. A consistently engaging production aligns with themes of procrastination, specifically the tendency to ignore personal problems within an intent to remain non-confrontational. Leonardi’s eclectic production on this track was inspired by Madlib, striving to infuse sampling within an alt-rock disposition. The aim is certainly achieved.

String-laden mystique and wordless vocal bounces traverse into a bursting psych-pop soundscape, reminiscent of MGMT and Unknown Mortal Orchestra in its playfully hypnotic expanse into the warbled bass emphasis upon the “don’t talk about it,” lead vocal reveal. Soaring guitar work past the three-minute mark is especially magnetic, coinciding with arp-y synth delights for a brightly melodic entrancement. “I Don’t Care” is a stirring success from Tony Leonardi, masterfully incorporating bouncy piano, gripping psych guitars, spacey synths, and beyond for an enduringly memorable production.

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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