Chewy – “Rubber Unfamiliar”


A gripping new prog-rock single from Philadelphia-based band Chewy, “Rubber Unfamiliar” unfolds with captivating variety — reminding of a cross between Black Midi and XTC. The track marks the opening effort on their new EP, Ostranenie.

Pulsing guitar shimmers and a breezy brass convergence lead into a debonair one-minute turn, where crunchy guitars lead into a decisive vocal lead; the shift from art-rock experimentation into a delectably raucous fervency, and then into a psych-friendly wooziness, is exemplary of the project’s dynamic range. The gorgeous brass components re-ignite at the mid-way turn, delighting into the calming guitar-centric close. “Rubber Unfamiliar” doesn’t let up in its compelling intrigue.

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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