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  1. A heavy, heartfelt rock sound compels throughout hidden in plain sight, the new album from Boise, Idaho-based band Chief Broom. The album’s completion came following the death of band co-founder TJ Tuck, who had a strong impact on the Boise music scene and his family/friends alike. TJ’s drumming and artistic vision remains a force on this standout album from the band, led by his brother, multi-instrumentalist Shadrach Tuck, alongside a cast of talented collaborators. The experience lends to a genuine thematic emphasis on coping with change, coping with trauma, and accepting oneself through it all. Intriguing initially with audio samples

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  2. A breathtaking exploration of self-discovery complemented by both intimate folk and orchestral expanses, A Costly Collection is the new album from Joel Porter. Originally from North Dakota, the artist exudes a timeless quality in his heartfelt songwriting, abundant with poetic introspection as trickling acoustics and sweeping string arrangements alike enamor alongside. “I am a simple collector,” Porter’s ghostly vocals resonate on the album’s opener, a captivating production exemplary of the riveting structural builds throughout the album. Porter’s solemn vocal presence and gentle piano pulses lend a minimalist charm to start, attaining a gorgeous fusing of strings and twinkling prancing at

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  3. A gorgeously melodic success from Danish group Darling Darlene, “Something’s In the Woods” proves riveting in its theatrical crooning and hooky turns. Exuding a stylish appeal reminiscent of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, “Something’s In the Woods” builds climactically — initially dazzling with spacey keys and then traversing into a debonair vocal push alongside flashes of guitar. “Please don’t speak his name,” the vocals begin into the irresistible escalation. “Then there’s something in the woods,” they conclude, following a gripping assortment of waltz-y nostalgia and melodic guitar/synth interplay. The halted verses again lead into the magical chorus, proving stickily infectious

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  4. A timeless-sounding vocal warmness and crisp guitar twangs resonate throughout “Sleepyhead,” a new single from Portland-based artist Mickey Newball. Stirring our ears in the past with tracks like “Ruby Jean” and “All Wrong,” the artist continues to excel with a moody, soulful sound. A soaring vocals lament “more of the same old,” amidst underlying acoustics, piqued by sporadic electric guitar twanginess. “So come down, get some rest, sleepyhead,” the vocals continue amidst a hazy backing and steady guitar push. Father John Misty is an aesthetical point of comparison, though Mickey Newball’s sound largely find its own unique flair despite the

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  5. The lead single from Matt John Henderson‘s upcoming album Soul Season, “Lopsided Truth Sayer” hypnotizes with a meditative pull, infusing folk with eastern influence. Tabla plays a prominent role throughout, emitting a calming flickering amidst lush percussive additions, courtesy of the djembe. Henderson’s vocals maintain a consistent, serene quality throughout. The UK-based artist recalls the likes of George Harrison in the calming, psychedelic folk allure, aiming successfully to induce “the imagination in arresting ways.” — This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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