Hearsing – “Montauk”


A twangy folk and rock hybrid, “Montauk” is a compelling new single from Hearsing, a project led by multi-instrumentalists Avery Murphy and Jordan Taylor. Scene-setting lyrical prowess, and working-class relatability, traverse enjoyably into the crunching guitars in the “look at the way,” bridge — exuding a carefree, youthful feeling there. Whistling effects follow with enticing impact. “Montauk” is a delight from Hearsing.

The band elaborates further:

“We wrote Montauk back in 2022, and it was one of the first songs I wrote where I realized not everything had to be directly about real things in my life. Everything gets interpreted so allegorically anyways, real or not, so for Montauk we got to really have fun making up characters and a world that the song could live in.”

The soaring chorus — “I feel like a star now, look at the way look at the way that my hair shines…” — is exemplary of “metaphors concerning the natural world,” per the band. They explain:

“On its face it gives this kind of upbeat optimistic reading of feeling like a superstar or something shiny, but in reality I feel like it would be pretty lonely to be a star out in space, shining millions of miles away for others to see. And I think there’s kind of a double meaning there too because I imagine being some big famous star on earth could also feel similar.”

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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