Death Doula – “Disembark”


Portland, OR-based project Death Doula impress with a dynamic rock display on new single “Disembark.” Slabs of heavy-rock mystique drive into a dreamier pop arsenal at the mid-point, with the title-touting remark signaling this entry — and reminding fondly there of Wye Oak. Lushly introspective vocals and glistening guitars attain a blissfully melodic state in this sequence. Ferocious guitar distortion ensues again thereafter, before dazed vocal hypnotics inject a psych-rock allure into the track’s satiating conclusion. “Disembark” is a gripping showcase from Death Doula.

Death Doula explain more about the track’s lyrical references:

“Being a fly in the corner of an elevator is a metaphor for staring at your crush undetected. Finding out everything you can about them, observing their tendencies, getting to know what makes them tick. But then you start to notice some things about them that you maybe don’t like, don’t respect, are concerned about, and you think to challenge their authenticity. You wonder if they’re doing the work, and if your crush on them is warranted at all.”

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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