MothBreath – ‘mothbreath’


Somerset, UK-based band MothBreath unveil a fantastic dream-pop, shoegaze, and rock intertwining on their eponymous new album. Shades of Cocteau Twins and Beach House show throughout the compelling production, propelled by Kirsty Dougall’s striking vocal presence.

“Wolf Eyes” opens the album with a smoky entrancement, traversing through vocal mystique and debonair guitar twangs. An independent spirit is apparent in the lyrics, conveying a simultaneous self-protector and provider; the powerful vocal presence — declaring “she doesn’t need you,” — resonates with an introspective stirring on this atmospheric rock opener. “Wildfire Haze” follows, crafting an impressive one-two starting punch to the album. “All I see is you,” dreamy vocals confess, compelling in a memorable showcase of the act’s lusher tendencies.

Another highlight, “Waiting For Me” further embraces a serenely contemplative soundscape. Gentle piano and gorgeous wordless vocal flourishes combine with pit-pattering percussion for a riveting sound. “Mothbreath” is another gem in the translucent dream-pop vein, with shades of Beach House, while the finale “Closer” struts a soulful, late-night engrossment amidst lyrical aspirations to move closer and forward. mothbreath is a lovely, consistently melodic album.

“Wolf Eyes” 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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