Bearbonez – “Crysknife”


A moody rock mystique shows on “Crysknife,” a new single from California-based songwriter and producer Bearbonez, the project of Kyle Hilmoe. “This song is me channeling my love for the Dune book series,” he explains, noting that the track’s lyrical perspective is “written from the perspective of God Emperor Leto II from the fourth book in the Dune series.”

There’s also a Bowie influence in the forlorn vocal tone and eerie acoustical frolicking, with Blackstar being a particular inspiration on the track’s production. “Blackstar feels sci-fi but in a way that still feels primal and human,” Kyle says. “I began writing this song from that starting point.” Spacey synths at the mid-point add to the compelling soundscape, where the steady guitar work and quivering vocal tone converge with beautifully melodic qualities. The haunting vocals and synth infusions pair for a track befitting of its inspirations, consuming in its atmosphere and melodic direction.

The artist elaborates further on the track’s Dune-inspired lyrical emphasis:

“The song is about the tragedy of Leto II, who’s slowly turning into a giant worm and can see all outcomes for humanity’s future, while having access to the collective memories of our species’ past.”

This 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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