Robe – “Tunnel of Love”


A lush pop intrigue enthralls throughout “Tunnel of Love,” the new single from Robe, a band based in Athens, Georgia. The track title and thematic aim derives from a classic Hey Arnold! episode, entitled “Operation Ruthless,” that features young love at a carnival and the titular tunnel — where feelings of adoration collide with a uniquely impactful imprint.

“In the Tunnel, you are stuck with one another, with nowhere to go,” says Robe’s Bryan Casey — with the band further emphasizing a juxtaposition between feeling “on a cloud” and “six feet underground.” Contemplative vocals muse alongside haunting acoustics to start: “One way in and one way out / One of those hearts afloat / Will sink and drown.” Clanging piano and erupting guitars add a textured dreaminess at the mid-point, with the track immersing thoroughly in its thematic and atmospheric approach.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

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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