Diaphane – “In Your First Mate’s Arms”


A soaring rock sound excels on “In Your First Mate’s Arms,” a recent single from Diaphane fueled by excitable vocal rises and twangy guitar immersion. Aesthetically reminiscent of Christopher Owens, there’s a touch of country charm amidst the lifting-off vocal ascents. The mid-point sees a warming guitar presence envelop as the vocals fade momentarily, re-invigorating into the satiating conclusion. “In Your First Mate’s Arms” is a stirring success, consuming in its lyrical narrative and melodic production.

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Blessing, who fronts the project, elaborates further on the track:

“Conceived as a “queer-country/shoegaze” song, I wanted to try and make something a little different. The basis was written as a country song, with a story depicting a bi-sexual sailor who is sent to the depths of the sea by his she-witch lover when she learns that he has no plans of returning to her after setting sail on a new voyage. She sends a storm a wreck his ship, and it comes upon him whilst in the arms of his first mate.”

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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