Sluka – “Sunset Screamer”


San Diego-based project Sluka muses on the plights of modern polarization with new single “Sunset Screamer,” a poignant success that serves as the second single from forthcoming album Cautionary Yell. The act’s chamber-pop inclinations were evident on previously featured single “Saving It All,” and “Sunset Screamer” continues that aesthetical engagement — building with a theatrical, baroque-feeling pop whimsy and hook-minded charisma.

Elegant strings collapse quickly into a bustling bass-fronted intrigue. Geographical references, and a unified sense of tumult, add enjoyably to the hectic rhythmic drive. A title-touting reference gives way to prancing piano lines, bringing forth that Baroque-pop feeling as the quivering vocals emerge. “Shouting with the sunset screamer!” the vocals proclaim into plucky strings, making for another riveting moment.

“Sunset Screamer” marks another success from Sluka, continuing to meld inventive pop productions with timely thematic pursuits. The track was released on April 30th, coinciding with the anniversary of Hitler’s suicide — when the world was hopeful of fascism’s end, while its stubborn persistence today remains dismaying.

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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