Conflict Choir – ‘Strange Game’

Strange Game is the memorable debut album from Conflict Choir, a duo based in Birmingham, UK. Spanning from the heavy-rock vigor of “Psychowarfare” to the dreamy illumination of the title track, Strange Game is a fantastic showing from the project of Ali Clinton and Jack Bowles.

The opening, title track haunts immediately with the dreamy wordless vocals; their ascension into a lushly gripping lyrical emergence captivates, as glistening guitars and simmering brass undercurrents meld beautifully. That concise gem leads into the more electric charisma of “What Are You Doing It For?” — stirring in a different tonal realm, invigorating with the title-touting anthemic vocal passion and textured guitar backing. The album’s kickoff one-two punch showcases a band with dynamic tonal range and consistently melodic appeal, and the quality doesn’t let up throughout.

Another standout, “Psychowarfare” is an all-in-one demonstration of the band’s eclectic range. Dreamy wordless vocals and a spoken-word intrigue assemble amidst frolicking guitar tones, building into a clamoring wave of guitar distortion as the vocals remain steady; the effect is memorably cathartic. Strange Game is a notable, impressive debut from Conflict Choir.

“Strange Game” 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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