Gurry Wurry – “Treason”


A stylishly hypnotic alt-pop appeal is evident on “Treason,” a single out today from Gurry Wurry. The Edinburgh-based project of Dave King balances a mellow atmospheric charm with an array of instrumentation, melding steady rhythms and orchestral flourishes amidst King’s caressing vocal tone. Described as “about the unsettling last days of a relationship,” “Treason” immerses with its lush, hooky sound.

“What are you here for?” the vocals question following string-laden pulses and frolicking woodwinds, expanding into a comforting rhythmic backbone. More soaring vocal layers drive into a brassy wooziness past the one-minute turn, as organ infusions continue the momentum. Percussive pit-pattering and that brassy tone complement the “walking down,” introspection, culminating in the “I’ll be there,” reassurances. The stellar track comes via Gurry Wurry’s upcoming LP, Happy For Now, due to release in September, and recorded with Rod Jones (Idlewild, Hamish Hawk, Redolent).

This 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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