Karyn Kuhl – “No Traces”


“No Traces” is a standout new single from Karyn Kuhl, based out of Hoboken, NJ — where she first made waves with earlier bands Gut Bank and Sexpod. The past two decades has seen Kuhl release a variety of LPs, EPs, and singles — and that strong run continues with “No Traces,” which embraces a melodic and nostalgic aesthetical savvy.

“I was standing on the corner,” a dreamy vocal immersion begins amidst playful guitar strums, accompanied by a sporadic synth arpeggio as the erupting hook approaches. Depictions of “betrayal and regret,” rouse into that rise, where a wordless vocal enamoring takes hold alongside a synth shimmering and the steady guitar twanging. The understated verses tout ample momentum in their built-up engrossment, while the addition of synths and ’80s-tinted guitars during the final chorus makes for an especially replay-inducing impact. “No Traces” is a catchy piece of quality songwriting from Karyn Kuhl.

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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