Kallai – “Palisades”


A track out today from Portland, OR-based band Kallai, “Palisades” immerses with its moody rock atmospherics. The lyrics prove apt — “it’s getting colder, the leaves are falling…” — in igniting a chilly intrigue alongside a glimmering textural component and bass-y resonance, the latter of which invokes a post-punk charm. Shimmering tones envelop as the vocals proclaim they’ll “tell you what I need,” leading to a series of escalating guitar work that concludes with a fuzzed-out, ethereal rock blissfulness.

“Palisades” also impresses with its dual-vocal implementations, featuring David Gross on lead and Cate Huckle in the background, adding to the lush entrancement. The band notes that “the song tells a story about learning how to open oneself up to new connections after a series of difficult years has left one guarded.” The band (pronounced like ‘call-eye’) thoroughly impress with this atmospheric, gently unfolding rocker, successfully following up their debut single, “Always/Never.”

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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