Joseph Ozment – “God Save the Queen”


Memphis-based artist Joseph Ozment shows an escalating, nostalgic psych-rock appeal on new single “God Save the Queen.” A traditional, royal orchestration fades out quickly into the suave assortment of guitars and synths. Ozment’s vocals strut a calming clarity, emitting “I could never forget you,” into spacey synth tones that send chills.

A brassy darkness takes hold at mid-point, following an uptick in vocal fervency that compels. “God save, god bless, what a fucking mess,” the vocals continue, espousing a complex state of in-between. “In this song I bemoan the boredom of modernity and my existential feeling of being in patriotic no-man’s land as neither fully American nor fully British,” Ozment explains. “God Save the Queen” engages in its driving rock stylishness, with a moody dose of ’80s nostalgia.

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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