Toto Peña – “Grave”


Developing from serene introspection into soulfully charismatic soaring, “Grave” is a consuming single from Salt Lake City-based artist Toto Peña. The dynamic, evolving structural momentum complements themes of patience, surrender, and self-love — and feels embracing of change, in general, with an emphasis on personal growth. During the seven-month construction period, the artist transitioned from a coding job to bartending, and also constructed a new recording studio in Bluffdale, UT, accommodating toward collaboration and live recording sessions.

Gentle guitar movements and brassy lingering complements a lush vocal entrancement, soothing with its late-night atmospheric arsenal from the get-go. Chilly saxophones adorn a more elongated vocal presence past the first minute; the momentum drives into a soulfully gripping vocal escalation at mid-point, as solemn organs bolster the electrifying vocal ardency. “Grave” is a gripping success from Toto Peña, full of emotion and mood.

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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