Jane Hobson – ‘Attic Days’

Attic Days is the resonating new album from Jane Hobson, an artist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Produced and engineered by Bronson Taalbi, Attic Days consumes in its breadth of both spirited rock hooks and emotively atmospheric intrigue. Themes persist throughout regarding growing up and navigating life’s new expectations, inspired by the artist’s own transition from college in rural Ohio to an attic apartment in Chicago.

The gripping “Chelsea” opens Attic Days with enjoyably climactic engrossment. A procession of vocals and acoustics build from quaintness into twangy guitar delectability, then traversing into a bass-heavy introspection, admitting “mostly you’re mean.” The chugging guitars and debonair vocals immerse here, as added guitar lines enter with cohesive impact. “Chelsea doesn’t mean anything to me,” the cathartic multi-vocal delivery compels, inducing replays with its range of anthemic vocal swells and melodic guitar rises.

Another highlight, “Know Thyself” asks “is it worth it, if I can’t get off the ground?” amidst soul-searching and open-road journeying. The escalating guitar tone’s arrival into the jangly “what happened yesterday,” sequence is especially devastating. In the lusher spectrum, “Time to Kill” showcases Hobson’s dreamy atmospheric tendencies, as well; the album impresses in its range of anthemic rockers and serene introspections alike.

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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