Social Creatures – “The Ravine”


A captivating single out today from the Brooklyn-based quartet Social Creatures, “The Ravine” boasts a commanding sound that blends inventive modern alt-rock with ’80s dance nostalgia. Clanging keys are quickly joined by a percussive pitter-patter, as Jono Robertson’s soaring vocals enter seamlessly. “Hope I’m not asking for too much,” the vocals let out, as crisp guitar jangles enter the fold.

“I remember hearing a new song,” Robertson continues, driving with climactic appeal as more dance-friendly percussive elements appear in the “show me something I can’t doubt” vocal fervor. A wave of blistering distortion follows, with a sporadic pause amidst the “fills me up” passion, creating a replay-inducing momentum. A variety of enthralling, infectious moments coexist with relatable lyrical sentiments, addressing a “physical place” where Robertson experienced many “firsts,” and eventually found fulfillment through music. “The Ravine” is a resonant rock success from Social Creatures.

The track comes from the band’s The Ravine EP, which they wrote and recorded on the road while promoting their debut LP.  Stream it below:

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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