STEREOLUX – ‘Who Told You’ EP

A new project based in Paris, STEREOLUX presents a hypnotic appeal with eclectic flair across the Who Told You EP — varying from the title track’s synth-laden intrigue to the distortion-heavy vigor within “not afraid.”

The opening title track immerses with a plucky synth-forward minimalism to start, escalating into reverbed percussive additions as a lushly reflective vocal presence emerges. The buzzing synth swells and sporadic shimmers combine with the moody vocals for a sound fondly reminiscent of Depeche Mode. The title-touting repetition arises into a soulful vocal punctuation — “that you couldn’t be,” — that further compels. “not afraid” follows with a calming organ and symphonic-feeling infusion, set amidst a sonar-like intrigue prior to the blaring emergence of distortion; the track dazzles in its traversal into textured, invigorating rock ardency.

“please” is an impactful finale to the EP, progressing with intensifying synth clanging as an emotional vocal soaring takes hold — attaining a ghostly quality in the refrain, reminiscent of Thom Yorke. STEREOLUX consistently impress across the Who Told You EP with a sound marked by satiating structural developments and melodically atmospheric production.

“who told you” 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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