Plastic Skulls – “In the Dark”


Formed in Manchester, Plastic Skulls is a rising project whose latest single, “In the Dark,” melds rock and pop intrigue with foreboding lyrical enjoyment — taking inspiration thematically from spooky horror B-movies and “quirky guitar based music.” The trio of bassist David Jackson, lead vocalist Elly Kingdon, and backing vocalist Netti Lehner craft a stellar sound on this memorable track, which balances melodic approachability and eerie engrossment.

References to corpses, demons, and things that go bump in the night combine with dark strings and guitar distortion — certainly capturing the ethos conveyed in the track title, in the dark with all the spirits and beyond. A bass-heavy intrigue builds into a “woo!” vocal briefness and twanging guitar envelopment thereafter, adding a playful element to the theatrical darkness conveyed prior. “It always ends in terror,” the vocals admit, striving for perseverance though acknowledging obstacles ahead. “In the Dark” is a memorable showing from Plastic Skulls.

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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