Mohawk Castle – “Shed Tears”


A resonating single emphasizing the power of unity in the face of division, “Shed Tears” comes via Mohawk Castle, the Long Beach-based solo project of Erik David Hidde. Described specifically as “about the division plaguing the United States of America,” “Shed Tears” unveils itself with steady entrancement — building with simmering synths and hypnotic vocal refrains.

“Shed Tears” immerses right away with its atmospheric build; a drip-dropping assortment of clanging synths craft ample intrigue to start. “It provided peace,” a lush vocal refrain emerges, contrasted subsequently by accounts of political tumult — “storm the Capitol with capital facts.” Buzzing synth throbs and chilly guitar infusions adorn a gripping second half, as vocals reflect: “I was gone in a whirlwind.”

Mohawk Castle thoroughly succeeds with a riveting synth-driven soundscape and poignant thematic pursuits across “Shed Tears.” The final sequence compels in its directness — admitting “we’re drowning in our fear,” — though acknowledging as such in pursuit of greater connectiveness, and an eventual catharsis that strives for universal love.

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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