Kimberly Townsend – “If I’m Being Honest”


Absorbing in its mixture of forlorn acoustics and beautiful piano touches, “If I’m Being Honest” is a moving folk track from Kimberly Townsend. Per the artist, the release “explores the weight of avoidance; sitting on the sidelines and watching life pass by. Seeing those around you succeed while you feel frozen in place.”

The chorus proves heartrending in its artful lyrical direction amidst riveting string arrangements. “I forgot the high was free. To wake and be, it lost its easy – till I shook; till I released,” Townsend sings, referencing how instantaneous dopamine can prompt action, though provide lingering consequences. “If I’m Being Honest” compels in its range, from acoustic-set minimalism to orchestral passion, and firmly showcases the enthralling folk songwriting of Kimberly Townsend.

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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