Ceremony Shadows – “Resistance”


A late-night synth-pop intrigue captivates on “Resistance,” a single released today from Portland-based band Ceremony Shadows. Initially the darkwave project of Timo, Ceremony Shadows added vocalists in Anastasia and Jakub — bolstering their atmospheric sound further. They also take inspiration from their diverse upbringing — spanning from the USA to Germany and Poland.

“Resistance” kickstarts with a bass-y pulse and wordless vocal entrancement, melding together for a nocturnal intrigue with shades of OMD and Depeche Mode; the haunting, menacing vocal tone and throbbing bass evolve seamlessly into new vocal emergences, maintaining a melodic mystique into the textured conclusion. The “always futile,” chorus is replay-inducing in its hypnotic vocal refrain and heady synth tones, exemplary of Ceremony Shadows’ knack for atmosphere and melody alike.

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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