Tom b – “Cold Water” (feat. Lucy Wroe)


Longtime collaborators Tom b and Lucy Wroe find ample success on new single “Cold Water,” an artful pop production with hooky vocal dynamics and colorful synth-friendly pulsations. Thematically, the release stirs in its statement on the music industry, conveying a frustration directed at gatekeeping and the industry neglect of independent artists. They also describe the track as “an ode to women in the industry, trying to navigate the border between ‘playing the game’ and maintaining self-respect.”

“The title itself is a metaphor for the industry,” Lucy says. “Feeling submerged in Cold Water; regularly feeling the numbness left in the wake of bad experiences, which are all too common on the independent music scene.”

Excitable, sporadic pulsations assemble the infectious initial beat — centered around samples of chopped-up guitar recordings. A hyper-pop relevance is apparent in the combustible rhythmic feelings and playful synth spritzes, while auto-tuned vocal excitement intersperses with more contemplative emissions, like the piano-driven bridge. “Cold Water” is an engrossing pop success from Tom b and Lucy Wroe.

Be sure to check out the track on Bandcamp, where all profits for the release are going to The Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund.

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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