Adaline – “If There is a God”


Dreamy synth bounces and evolving vocal intensity stir on “If There is a God,” a lush pop success from Adaline. The lyrics convey a melancholic longing for a place that once felt warm and familiar, though has evolved into a cold sense of strangeness. The subdued synth pulses and introspective vocals enamor in the verses into a gripping chorus — noting a state of humanity where God would fail to recognize what has become — and into the satiating finale.

The track comes via the Canadian artist’s upcoming EP, Hymnal, and features production from Chris Coady. Adaline says that the release is “both inspired by my own journey of reconciling queerness and my religious upbringing as the daughter of an evangelical minister and by the stories of hundreds of LGBTQ+ people in a non-profit community called Bad Believer that helps people heal from religious trauma..” She continues: “The song calls out the failure of a system to practice the kind of love they preach.”

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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