Alec Craig – “vanessa”


“vanessa” is a modern, melodic new single from Alec Craig. The Kalamazoo, MI-based multi-instrumentalist incorporates breezy guitars and escalating vocal passion, complemented by harmonizing backing flourishes, on this standout production. Thematically, lyrics like “you’re much more than algorithm to me,” depicts its sci-fi narrative — concerning a chatbot named Vanessa, whose role in using personal information to suggest products provides the wrong impression to the track’s main character.

“You give me perfect recommendations,” the smooth vocals let out. “You always know the way to my heart.” The initially smitten sentiments arrive into a more fervent rock outpouring in the second half, explained further by the artist: “The man eventually realizes that his love is fake. He reasons that only way for him to be happy with his digital companion is to code and construct a robot with which Vanessa can final be free to roam in the physical world. Unbeknownst to the man, this was Vanessa’s plan the entire time.”

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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