Sanford: – “April 3, 1974”


Alt-rock vigor and spacious jangly introspection alike enamor on “April 3, 1974,” a new single from Sanford:. The release kicks off the artist’s upcoming album, and stirs in its thematic setting — rendering storm clouds with lines like “dark swirling skies on the landscape,” — alongside compelling escalations, ranging from wordless vocal bursts to contemplative narratives.

The artist notes that the track is “lyrically based off the superstorms and tornados of April 3, 1974, which flattened many towns. But in this story the decimation helped save a small kid from an awful household.” The “saved me,” final refrain enthralls in the latter’s regard, wrapping up this catchy track in satisfying form.

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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