Wave Beam – “Take a Minute” + “Late Summer”


Two recent singles from Northern California-based rockers Wave Beam firmly showcase their tendency for cohesively intertwining hooky immediacy with atmospheric guitar-forward spells. Released in April, “Take a Minute” takes inspiration from shoegaze and post-grunge — unleashing a heavy ferocity from the get-go — while the newly released “Late Summer” struts a peppier rock/pop spirit.

The angsty, existential “Take a Minute” embraces a distortion-heavy guitar presence, halting with exhilarating momentum at a two-minute turn that grippingly navigates into the heady vocal re-unveiling and clanging percussive additions. Meanwhile, “Late Summer” eases in with a dreamier tonal intrigue; segments of guitars and trickling whimsy venture into a melodic vocal lead. Its jangly, dream-pop composure is quite different from the intensity of “Take a Minute,” though both tracks succeed equally in demonstrating the project’s eclectic tonal range and quality songwriting.

These 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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