Sqwerv – ‘Hors D’oeuvres Part 1’ EP

Denver-based band Sqwerv presents a hypnotic, island-set intrigue across their new EP, Hors D’oeuvres Part 1. A chilled-out atmospheric mystique takes hold throughout, with a glistening sense of ’80s nostalgia adorning the Miami-laden nocturnal spirit.

The opening “Miami” dazzles with its atmospheric allure, meshing tender guitar swipes and sporadic vocal whispers for a seductive entrancement. A funky bass arrival into the two-minute turn compels further, as concluding sirens add to the late-night, balmy soundscape. “Honolulu Blue” melds twangy guitars and debonair piano accompaniments with riveting effect, rising into an effervescent jangling by mid-point that emits a sweetly nostalgic ’80s rock/pop appeal.

Also impressing, “Jada” concludes the album with similarly ravishing qualities, emitting a more ballad-set tranquility as warming guitars and twinkling piano intertwine beautifully. Hors D’oeuvres Part 1 is a fully compelling EP from Sqwerv.

“Miami” 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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