Idle Lane – “Choices”


An anthemic rocker that appeals to a sense of personal renewal, “Choices” is a resonating success from Idle Lane. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, the band appeals with a memorable sound that melds ’90s rock inspirations with grunge-y passion and lyrical introspection. Idle Lane describe the track as “about wearing yourself down to a breaking point and coming out the other side with the rest of your life ahead of you.”

Crunchy guitar distortion builds a compelling initial momentum. Vocals refer to a “life you once forgot,” with a retrospective intrigue, escalating with a steady vigor into a repetition of that phrase alongside fervent guitar soaring and impassioned vocals; the ’90s alt-rock nostalgia is palpable. “Got some choices now,” the stellar chorus concludes, traversing seamlessly into the pulsating energy within the verses. The nasally, ardent vocal composure reminds fondly of The Smashing Pumpkins, and “Choices” in general excels with its hooky, passionate rock allure.

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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