Warren Dunes – “Inspiration Blues”


Capturing the tidal-like journey of creating art, “Inspiration Blues” emits the ebbs and flows of artistry within an array of dreamy vocal affections and twangy guitar listening. The track is a sturdy success from Warren Dunes, a Seattle-based band led by keyboardist/vocalist Julia Massey. Whistling adornments lend to the ethereal vibe — “sitting in a room,” as one ruminates their next move. Glistening piano additions combine with wordless vocals for an especially moving second half, succeeding in a soundscape that encourages meditative contemplation and the fruitful creations that follow.

Massey elaborates further:

“Every creator experiences ebbs and flows in their process. Sometimes the boat is stuck in a harbor, sometimes it gets caught in a gnarly storm, and sometimes it’s going with the flow. In Inspiration Blues, I pictured myself going through all of those changes, and always finding sunshine within the journey, eventually.

I hope this song gives anyone experiencing a difficult time creating their work a reminder that there will be big skies again.”

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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