Richard Berger – ‘Retrovert’

Los Angeles-based artist Richard Berger consumes on his new album Retrovert, a smoothly melodic showcase in soulful songwriting — bolstered by an array of tender guitar warmness, atmospheric synths, and steady rhythmic comforts.

Opening track “Another One” enamors with its funky rhythmic drive and lyrical yearning, striving to “forget you,” into trickling guitar momentum. The smooth entrancement is evident, and the subsequent “Ignore Me” continues that emotive enthrallment with a more starry-eyed, synth-forward atmospheric charm. “Close Your Eyes” is another standout, with its beckoning title-referencing chorus touting a melodic reassurance into the breezy “take me by the hand,” temptations.

“Time” also dazzles with its late-night funk-pop arsenal, meshing brassy moodiness with warbled bass and harmonious vocal emergences; it makes for another strong highlight on an album full of them. Consistently impressing in its knack for infectious hooks and nocturnal soundscapes alike, Retrovert is a thorough success from Richard Berger.

“Another One” 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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