Kwolek – “Ronnie Stole This Riff / Kim Is Desperate”


Boulder-based artist Kwolek struts a captivating rock sound on two-part single “Ronnie Stole This Riff / Kim Is Desperate.” “The first is about the love of making music and the second is about discovering the song that saves your life,” Kwolek explains. A charismatic rock sound with ’80s nostalgia, courtesy of melodic guitar bustling and spacey synth interplay, complements a narrative-friendly sound. “I’ve recently been inspired by Richard Dawson’s story-driven songs,” Kwolek notes, an influence that feels notable here.

The hooky range of guitars, synths, and confident vocal drives depict an interconnecting cast of characters — Ronnie and his demo tapes, Kim and a constant quest to find “a song to save her life,” and the eventual connection therein. The track was initially two separate songs, though come together in delectably cohesive form. “Dancing with her headphones on,” the vocals let out upon introducing Kim, aptly weaving in danceable guitar riffs and prancing synths. The lyrical narrative melds with the catchy arsenal of instrumentation and fierce vocals for a consuming sound throughout. The release marks another success from Kwolek, who caught our ears with “Cemetery Days” in February.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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