Bad Bubble – ‘Am I a Good Man?’ EP

Chicago-based artist Bad Bubble presents an emotive, nocturnal dreamy pop engrossment across the Am I a Good Man? EP. The production enamors in its overall range, engaging from the forlorn piano-driven entrancement of the opening “Dizzy Face” to the synth-forward anthemic soaring on the closing “Super Drip.” The sound is solely from Bad Bubble: “I do not use software or take shortcuts of any kind. What you hear are my fingers on the keys. All instruments are played organically by myself. All lyrics are as honest as can possibly be. Post production is from an outside source.”

“Dizzy Face” exudes a melancholic yearning to open the EP, weaving solemn piano and murky vocals with atmospheric engrossment. Piano is utilized prominently throughout in lushly melodic form, with the instrument’s focus on various releases serving as an homage. “My mother played the piano. I wanted to have that as the main instrument as a wink and a nod to her,” the artist explains. The subsequent “Foglife” incorporates a more synth-laden effervescence, lending a perkier exuberance in the instrumentation while retaining the somber, confessional vocal tonal feelings; the deep, solemn wordless vocal effects add wonderfully in the background. Am I a Good Man? is a stellar EP from Bad Bubble.

“Dizzy Face” 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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