Olin Janusz – ‘Please Leave Quietly’

London-based artist Olin Janusz crafts a beautifully melancholic sound throughout the album Please Leave Quietly, infusing somber vocal layers with gorgeous string arrangements, orchestral flourishes, and a poetic lyrical grasp.

Twangy guitars and heartrending strings assemble amidst forlorn vocals on the opening “No One Here Will Harm You,” a gripping display of Janusz’ knack for melancholic, gripping explorations. “The Throat” follows with similarly climactic appeal, culminating in a mid-point with a cinematic arsenal of weeping strings and melancholic vocal outpouring — remarking “we’ll never die,” despite a grizzled weariness with eerie engrossment.

Another highlight, “Quarter Light” renders a stirring Nick Cave-esque aesthetic. Brassy emergences follow compelling vocal introspection, exploring the plight of addiction and a yearning for emotional comfort. Also impressing, “Please Leave Quietly” is befitting as the album’s title track, exuding a dynamic tonal range from delicate dual-vocal immersion to an enthused soaring that follows. Please Leave Quietly is a captivating, morosely beautiful album from Olin Janusz.

“No One Here Will Harm You” 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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