Mike Mineo

Mike Mineo


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Mike Mineo

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Founder/Editor of Obscure Sound; Music PR Professional
Bio
I am the founder and editor of Obscure Sound, a site that has been exposing quality independent music since 2006. It has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Toronto Star, The Guardian (UK), The Independent, The Observer (UK), Wired, BBC Radio 1, Stereogum, New York Magazine, and VH1’s Best Week Ever.

Feel free to contact me in regard to music submissions for Obscure Sound and/or independent PR servicing, a comprehensive service I provide artists with. I have seen very positive results to date, helping contribute to placement in NME, Pitchfork, Indie Shuffle, and many more, including a nationally televised commercial with ESPN, spots on Spotify's official "New Music Friday" playlist, as part of the soundtrack for the 'Rocket League' video game, and several record label opportunities (with names like Burger Records and Rough Trade). I can provide rates and more success stories upon request ---> mike@obscuresound.com
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Expertise
artist management, music industry, pr, digital marketing, diy music promotion, consulting, music promotion, artist and creative talent relations, music marketing, social media, social media marketing, brand building, social media strategy, creative writing, emerging artists, music events, copywriting, music writing, music writing / blogging, promoting music, music journalism, music blogging, music reviews
Interests
rap, hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, indie rock, indie pop, hard rock, rock, folk, indie, singer/songwriter, electronica, edm, music, reggae, pop, r&b, garage, video games, gaming, dance, ambient, house, dubstep, indie folk, synthpop, shoegaze, electro pop, acoustic, chillwave, country, dark ambient, downbeat / electro-acoustic, grunge, film / video, comedy, uk garage, remixes, alt-country
Location
NY, USA

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"Hindsight" shows an enjoyably chugging rock sound with some '80s nostalgia, in the vein of Deacon Blue. The vocals emit a dreamy allure -- "how good is your hindsight?" -- and builds enjoyably to the first emergent hook just past the 30-second mark, "lost my perspective." The "how'd you know?" bridge around 01:40 shows a soaring, reflective pull, demonstrating a nice shifting hook. I'm enjoying the confident, chugging rock approach with the accessible structure, with easily identifiable hooks enticing replays. I just added the track to my 'Best of May 2021' playlist on Spotify. Also, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to chat further about my PR services' rates and success stories. Am happy to help with promo. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

The suave vocals and forlorn regret - "what did I do?" - mesh well with the bluesy guitar additions and organs spurts. The nah-nah-ing vocal section plays with infectious enthusiasm, followed by a bluesy guitar emphasis around 01:50 that plays with gratifying results. Aesthetically, I'm fondly reminded of Paul Weller, with the successful blending of rock and blues, into an accessible and melodic hybrid with hooky enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing! Do feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR rates and successes, since you noted wanting help with promo. I enjoyed this and added to my 'Best of May 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. -Mike

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Sad Song by GrayBeat

Mike Mineo

"what would you say?" vocal refrain amidst pulsing percussion concocts a hypnotic soundscape that intrigues, especially as vocals expand with a Thom Yorke-esque vigor around the one-minute mark. The flickering energy around the two-minute turn plays with infectious appeal, with a subtle blaring club-friendly element apparent in the shards of keys and percussive repetition. Vocal re-emergence around 03:09 plays seamlessly. I enjoyed the track's uniquely hypnotic soundscape throughout and subtly effective vocal work. I suppose those seeking a more fervent vocal performance wouldn't enjoy, though I find the muted vocal approach a nice fit relative to the overall soundscape achieved. Feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com when the track releases, and/or if you'd like to chat about my PR services' rates and success stories. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Disaffected Scrolling Thru by Incendiary Sweet

Mike Mineo

"Disaffected Scrolling Thru" engages initially with a lush guitar-laden bounce and amiably lush vocals, asking "can you be someone you've never been?" upon the rousing guitar-based expansion approaching the one-minute mark. The "calling your bluff," vocal hook energizes, seamlessly guiding back into the now acoustic-laden verses. I enjoyed the production's balancing of an approaching, accessible structure with a knack for tonal variety, the mellower pop verses flowing enjoyably into the more rockin' "calling your bluff," chorus. The "change the game," bridge succeeds equally with an enamoring, dreamy charm. "Disaffected Scrolling Thru" is a thoroughly engaging track, thanks for sending! I've added the track to my 'Best of May 2021' playlists on Soundcloud and Spotify. If seeking further help with PR, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com, to inquire about my PR services' rates and success stories. Thanks again for sending this one! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

"Extinction On My Mind (S.O.S.)" shows a suave, convincing sound that builds enjoyably from lush beginnings -- reminiscent of Luke Haines, enjoyably -- to a funk-tinged, shimmering hook past around the 40-second mark turn. The punctuating "got extinction on my mind," line is poignant and delivered effectively, anticipated each time and being a nice summation of the track's lyrical successes. The uptick in vocal emotion around 02:10 also plays nicely. Thanks for sending this one! I added to my best-of monthly playlists on Soundcloud and Spotify. Since you noted seeking promotion opportunities, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services -- I'm happy to share rates, success stories, etc. Thanks again! -Mike

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STREET FIIRE by CLAST

Mike Mineo

"Street Fiire" is a creative success that infuses lo-fi rock charm with twinkling key-laden adornments, the wordless vocal croon throughout giving off relaxing vibes. There are several catching moments throughout. The emergence of dreamy vocals and rhythmic pulse past the 40-second mark plays with captivating results. A added twinkle at 01:15, following climatic vocal-laden charge, exudes an enjoyably effervescent quality. 02:30 sees a darker shift that's fully convincing. The bouncy bass line here plays great. This is an atmospheric, inventive success throughout. I've added the track to my 'Best of April 2021' playlists on Soundcloud and Spotify. Also, feel free to reach out anytime to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in chatting about my PR services. I'm happy to share rates and success stories. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Out Their Windows by Renee Millner

Mike Mineo

Serene acoustics and ardent vocals captivate from the get-go, with soft piano accompaniments emerging as the one-minute mark approaches. "Nowhere left to hide," vocal lead-in to acoustic/piano emphasis around 01:15 plays with a stirring reassurance. Aesthetically, I'm enjoyably reminded of Tracy Chapman. A haunting choir-like effect at 02:20 sends chills. Lyrically, the emphasis of vulnerability as aging is touching, doing so with a nice balance of optimism and realism. I'm impressed by the track's thematic success and emotive, genuine sound. I've added to my 'Emerging Indie Folk' playlist on Spotify. Also, feel free to reach out anytime to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing more about my PR servicing, since you marked needing help with promo. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Your Magic Muscle by Foghorn

Mike Mineo

A haunting wordless vocal, arpeggiated spacey synths, and patient production lead an intriguing introduction. A lonesome-sounding tone past the one-minute mark adds aptly to the lonesome, space-set vibes. The result in the ensuing minutes is enjoyably atmospheric and hypnotic. The lowered vocal pitch effect and ghostly synths past the three-minute mark exude a captivating, dubstep-like quality that reminds fondly of Burial. I'm fully appreciative of this structural shift. The lush saxophone integration at 04:30 is striking. I enjoy this track's mood and structural shifts -- added to my 'Best of April 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for sending this gem! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Sporadic pushes of fragmented guitar tones lead enjoyably to a suavely impactful vocal emergence, with orchestral-laden flourishes thereafter further convincing of the track's creative, texturally shifting knack for consuming textures. The suave vocal approach and inventive textural production reminds me enjoyably of Beck. The meshing of ghostly piano tones and expansive orchestral whirring, around 02:40, is especially striking. The various shifts make this an unsettling listen, although one that's fully enjoyably in its creative and unpredictable pursuits. I'll plan on sharing this one, for sure. Feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com as well, with a Spotify link, and if you have any interest in learning more about my PR servicing. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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yours / mine by ariadne mila

Mike Mineo

Dreamy guitar tones and ethereal vocals build a gentle melodic introduction, rising at the 45-second mark with effervescence and yearning vocal emotion. "I am yours, you are mine," closing refrain to chorus plays with a sentimental sweetness. The clanging guitars in the verses remind fondly of The xx. "always be like this," backing vocal effects past two-minute mark show commendable production effects. I enjoyed this lushly engaging track -- an aesthetic success with an easy-going, approachable melody. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Hey fever medicine by Catbug the Popstar

Mike Mineo

Enjoyable overall concept, re-igniting childhood imaginations. This particular track consumes with its gradually evolving key-laden charm initially, the dazed vocals emerging thereafter with satisfying, melodic cohesion amidst the backing wordless expression. Guitar-based additions past 01:10 add a fun rock-laden component, with the piano-forward interlude "all be over soon," evolving into a satisfying, hooky turn. I've added this track to my 
Best of April 2021 playlists, and -- since you noted wanting help with promotion -- feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing details about my PR services. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Macro by PCM

Mike Mineo

Lush, weightless-sounding synths envelop the introduction, with subtle melodic shifts occurring amidst a stable backing shimmering. A bass-y lingering injects approaching the three-minute mark, exuding a mysterious feeling that reminds me of 'Twin Peaks.' The lush ushering-in of the bass plays great amidst the illuminated nature of the synths. Guitar-like feedback and synth trickles past five-minute mark add great, texturally. A swelling feeling around 06:50 is also catching, exuding a spacey, intriguing vibe overall. The gentle bass pulsing and gradual lessening of synth intensity in the closing moments makes for a seamless, satiating conclusion. Thanks for sending this lovely ambient epic. I look forward to sharing this, and have already added to my 'Lush Indie Electronic' playlist on Spotify. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks again for submitting! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Graceful guitar trickles and an emotive, soaring vocal presence exude an emotive, consuming melodic feel to start. "if it wasn't for hindsight I'd be blind," lyrical lead-in, featuring backing vocal escalation, plays effectively. The yearning folk aesthetic is convincing throughout, like a lusher vein of Bright Eyes. The piano-laden additions throughout also add lushly engaging qualities. I'm impressed by the gently absorbing production qualities and melodic pull in general. Since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire more about my PR servicing. Thanks for sending -- definitely a quality track!

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Candles on the Furnace by A. Makori

Mike Mineo

Lush guitar jangles and key-laden twinkles mesh enjoyably with subdued vocals, initially, expanding with a hooky charm thereafter as the vocals assume a brighter clarity. Aesthetically, I'm fondly reminded of Last Dinosaurs. The jangly guitars and twinkling keys coexist throughout with charming endearment alongside the escalating vocal hookiness. "Candles on the Furnace" is a joy to listen throughout. I'd love if you could send me the track's public links upon release -- to mike@obscuresound.com. Also, since you marked needing help with promotion, feel free to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories anytime, via that email. Would love to work with you. Looking forward to featuring this gem! -Mike

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Alright by Honey Lane

Mike Mineo

"Alright" grows enjoyably from an emotive yet nocturnal charm, lyrically seeking a sense of solitude amidst click-clacking synths and snappy percussion. "I can't find my phone, need a ride home," lyrics effectively capture the feeling of slipping out of control, building effectively to the key-laden expansion around 01:20. The rise at 02:37 is also notably catching. The track throughout exudes a consuming, yearning pop feeling, led by strikingly emotive vocals and an amiable soundscape with late-night vibes. Thanks for sending this, and looking forward to its release. Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com upon release and I'm happy to share.

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Just One Day by Mighty Tim Young

Mike Mineo

"Just one day after another," makes for a poignant, timely opening refrain. The seasoned vocal presence and chirpy guitar tones exude a hybrid of power-pop and Americana that plays well, showing a timeless approach. The jangly guitar tones around 01:35 provide a nice emphasis during the vocals' reprieve, with the "just one day," lead-in to "shame to let it get me down," making for a nice sequence of events, with the "How long?" questioning assembling a satiating conclusion. Thanks for sending this one -- I enjoyed it! Since you're looking for help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and past successes. Thanks again! -Mike

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Paradise by Chasing Nomads

Mike Mineo

Glistening synth-laden charm enamors throughout; the track's hooky, accessible shine - with a hint of '80s nostalgia - plays great, aesthetically. The track's "gonna run," hook excites with the dazzling synths and fervent vocal emotion, exuding a punchy, infectious charm. The "what's the protocol?" bridge delights past the two-minute turn, diversifying enjoyably from the primary melody/hook. I've added the track to my 'Best of March 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, and will plan on sharing via Obscure Sound as well. Since you marked wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing's rates and details. Would love to chat further. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Fear of God by good grim

Mike Mineo

Spacious, spacey piano reverberation and hypnotic vocals lend a feeling aesthetically reminiscent of Spiritualized. Buzzing rise around 01:30 aligns in captivating form with ascending vocals. The "just a moment," lead-in back to the verses plays seamlessly. The gentle verses hypnotize, with the swelling rises contrasting nicely. "Fear of God" consumes throughout with its patiently enveloping soundscape and hypnotic production. Excellent work. I've added the track to my best-of monthly playlist (March) on Spotify, and am definitely interested in potentially featuring the next single in April. For that, please send over an email to mike@obscuresound.com with further details. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, also happy to chat via email about my PR services as well, if interested. Thanks for submitting this gem! -Mike

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The Miracle by Void Kandy

Mike Mineo

Dreamy acoustics and lushly entrancing vocals assemble a serenely impactful soundscape. Guitar-based segments at 01:30 serves as a lovely mid-section break, ushering cohesively back into the verses, which lull my ears with enjoyable qualities. I particularly enjoy the final 45 seconds or so, with some rhythmic involvement and escalating vocals, reminding there nicely of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Nice work here! I added the track to my best-of monthly playlist on Spotify. Since you marked needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in details about my PR services. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Grind by BARK

Mike Mineo

Buzzing back and charismatic vocals exude a vibe nicely reminiscent of Perfume Genius. The industrial-friendly bassy buzzing and guitar injection at 00:53 play alongside the haunting vocal for excellent effects, rising passionately past 01:08 alongside further guitar work. The distant-sounding vocal effect in the closing moments further exemplifies a high-quality production with nuance. Some very cool Bowie-esque vibes here in the vocals. Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com when this track releases, and I'll be sure to share. Also don't hesitate to inquire about my PR services via email as well, since you marked needing help with promotion. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Smoke Signals by Shiloh Mae

Mike Mineo

Yearning vocal tone and fluttering acoustics are joined enjoyably by trickling guitars just prior to the 50-second mark. Vocals assume a more relaxed, soaring quality here, before ascending with punchy charm as the twangier guitar extensions flourish past the one-minute mark. I enjoyed the tonal twists and turns evident in the first minute+, maintaining a sense of accessibility while still offering up melodic variety, further evidenced by the escalating hook around 01:32, in addition to the melodic bridge at the two-minute mark ("harder to stay"). "All I wanted was you," closing line plays wholesomely and effectively. Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com when the track is public/released, and I'll be sure to share. Also happy to chat more about my PR services, since you marked needing help with promotion. Thanks for sending this! -Mike

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Self-care by Esports Player

Mike Mineo

Spirited vocals, jangly guitars, and dreamy synths build enjoyably the stellar "love doesn't work anymore," hook -- fully consuming me. The lush, hooky dreamy pop converging with rock and electro charm makes this a great fit for Obscure Sound. Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com when this track goes live, and I'll be sure to share on the blog and playlists. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, don't hesitate to also inquire about my PR servicing, for which I'm happy to share rates and success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Soda Water by Locked in Lummo - Topic

Mike Mineo

"Soda Water" gives way to suave vocals and acoustical shimmers following a welcoming, jangly rock-forward introduction. The bridge, around 47 seconds in, rouses with an infectious spirit. Chorus at 01:07 shows effervescent, nostalgic rock charm -- channeling a sort of '90s alt-rock with radio-friendly accessibility. The ensuing guitar-based touch plays great. The bass-fronted bridge approaching the three-minute mark plays climatically, riding into a satisfying conclusion. "Soda Water" is a stellar track, for sure - thanks for sending! Since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Please do keep me posted on future releases as well, thanks! -Mike

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Malady by BARK

Mike Mineo

"Malady" evolves with atmospheric intrigue, aesthetically reminding me with fondness of Wild Beasts. Quaint, guitar-based clanking and rising vocals expand with buzzing infection past the one-minute mark, with string-laden creepiness playing delectably in the background in the minute+ thereafter. I'm very fond of this track's numerous structural twists and turns, within a darkly captivating aesthetic infusing orchestral-tinged components with buzzing, Bowie-esque rock. I added this track to my best-of monthly playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud, and look forward to sharing on OS. Feel free to reach out via email to mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing's rates and success stories, and definitely give me a shout when the album's out in April! Thanks for sending this gem. -Mike

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Asleep Too Deep by Shane Tripp

Mike Mineo

A hypnotic and lulling journey, "Asleep Too Deep" sees nocturnal synth tones and sporadic guitar swipes accompany distant vocals, with atmospheric appeal. Certain guitar-based moments, like around 01:10, remind of something in a David Lynch film. Dark melodic shift at 01:22, with accompanying added backing vocal, plays excellently. Aesthetically, the track reminds me of a more lo-fi vein of The Xx. I'm enjoying "Asleep Too Deep" and its overall, murky, and dreamy soundscape. Feel free to reach out via email to mike@obscuresound.com with any questions regarding promotional help -- I'm happy to share my PR services' rates and success stories -- as well as any future releases. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Lone Stars by John PayCheck

Mike Mineo

Riveting strings and escalating guitars ease into a country-forward vocal lead, with the "slow guitars," vocal hook at the 45-second mark being nicely accompanied by trickling guitar twangs. "Sing another song," lead-in alongside strings reminds fondly of Jeff Lynne. Guitar work around 02:10 leads effectively into a swaying, acoustical-forward vocal section, before coming into a satisfying conclusion. A catchy, well-produced track with a confident vocal lead, "Lone Stars" engages nicely. I look forward to its release.

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Pass Me the Bottle by Sonny Dayes

Mike Mineo

"Pass Me the Bottle" is a stellar breakup anthem with comforting allure. Clap-laden effect approaching the one-minute mark joins with wordless backing vocal warmness, aligning aptly with the "pass me the bottle," lead vocal refrain. The organ-laden infusion a minute thereafter joins with passionate vocals -- "I've got memories to forget," -- for a stirring conclusion. I look forward to sharing on Obscure Sound. Since you noted wanting help with promotion as well, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for sending! -Mike 

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Paradox by Clifford

Mike Mineo

Twangy guitar and exuberant vocals open "Paradox" win spirited form. The opening lyrics -- "this bed has never been so cold," -- evoking a consuming yearning. The twist at the four-second mark exudes a country, bluesy charm -- maintaining a radio-friendly accessibility, while still touting structural variety, maintaining my interest fully. The "I don't need you but I want you," hook plays well throughout. The expressive guitar tones around 02:05 plays great too, driving into a satisfying conclusion over the next minute. "Paradox" is a fun, enjoyable track showing great songwriting and passionate vocals. I look forward to sharing! Feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire anytime about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Radio Sound by Nova Waves

Mike Mineo

Mellow keys and lush acoustics combine with suave, airy vocals for an aesthetic fondly reminiscent of Elliott Smith. The multi-layered vocal escalation around the 35-second mark evolves with satiating enjoyment, especially upon the twangy guitar injections at 00:45. Also reminding me of Sean Lennon here. 01:11 serves as another excellent moment, with percussive fury halting and then giving way to pleasing backing organs. I'm fond of the various twists and turns within, maintaining an accessible, familiar aesthetic throughout that makes for easy engagement. Nice work on this -- I added to my 'Best of February 2021' playlist on Spotify, and plan to post on OS. Since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR service's rates and success stories -- would be happy to chat more. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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So Broken by Bad Visuals

Mike Mineo

Enjoyable layers of guitar converge for a shoegaze-friendly textural allure, complemented by vocals in a power-punk/pop spirit. The aesthetic meshes genres from the '80s and '90s I love, and does so with a creative, unpredictable engagement. The guitar distortion approaching the two-minute mark, with "I wanted to," vocal pleas, makes for an especially effective moment -- especially as the next section, with the heavy bass and pounding percussion, continues that momentum with spirited passion. "So Broken" succeeds with its beautiful textural guitar work and hooky vocal emotion, conjuring nostalgia with melodic success.

Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com when this track releases -- am happy to share, and chat further regarding promotional help. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Signal Flares by Helsinki Horizon

Mike Mineo

Passionate vocal outpouring meshes effectively with a bouncy clanging of keys, amidst a busy rhythm section, escalating with gradual yet effective allure. I'm a fan of twists and turns in tracks, and the "no more signal flares," refrain does well in that regard, projecting a feeling of climatic momentum and unbridled emotion, especially upon the vocal at 01:55, which is followed beautifully by lingering guitar tones. Orchestral-laden components mesh with a rock-friendly, climatic push and invigorating vocals throughout; "Signal Flares" is a powerful, satisfying track. Thanks for sending! I look forward to featuring on OS and sharing. I've already added to my Best of January '21 playlist on Spotify. Since you marked needing help with promo, also feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for sending this gem! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Great sound! Twangy guitars and suave vocals remind aesthetically of early Modest Mouse. "Even in the dead of winter," line aptly aligns with a wintry soundscape, with the guitar work cascading like snowfall. The "nobody wants to be outside," shift leads nicely to an emotive vocal turn around 02:10, reminding of The War on Drugs here. "The Lonesome Foghorn Blows" touts a hypnotic, twangy rock sound that features plenty of great twists and turns, with the glistening guitar injection around 02:40 among the best. Thunderous guitars close the track out with satisfying allure. I'm looking to post this on OS and sharing -- have already added to my monthly best-of playlist on Spotify. Also, since you marked needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR service's rates and success stories. Would love to chat further, thanks! -Mike

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V'Ger's Dream by Michael Droske

Mike Mineo

Laid-back vocals and psych-friendly guitar twangs exude an alluring, engaging aesthetic to start. The spacey backing to the video meshes well with the hypnotic, serene enjoyment. The chorus around 02:08 is lovely and captivating -- a bit McCartney-esque in those plucky guitar twangs. Very stellar songwriting and overall aesthetic, which feels enjoyably nostalgic though also refreshing in its melodic rollout. In addition to an upcoming OS post, I added the track to my best-of monthly playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0RWL5Xcklk0EgNmzpunTU4?si=dNUHQVrOS32qUkT_cXHZHw

Since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in inquiring about my PR servicing. I'm happy to share my rates, success stories, and overall strategy -- would love to work on this.

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Mistaken for Entirely Dead by Chris Kunkel

Mike Mineo

Brooding folk sound magnified by murky guitars and forlorn vocals, sounding aptly weary amidst the slight key-laden backing and acoustical hypnotic glow. Reminds me of Red House Painters, aesthetically. "Mistaken for Entirely Dead" captivates with its grunge-tinged vein of folk, certainly -- with the haunting textural introduction around 02:25 also standing out in terms of production. Thanks for sending this, and please keep me posted via email at mike@obscuresound.com for when this track goes public.

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I Star As You by Said Sara

Mike Mineo

"I Star As You" unfolds delightfully, expanding with ruminating acoustics alongside thumping percussion and piano-laden charm. A strong melodic shift at 00:42 arrives alongside the vocals, with the "live that way," section reminding me fondly of XTC. The re-emergence of piano following the "Star is you," vocal bit -- alongside the sharper vocal touch at the two-minute mark -- makes for a fully enjoyable series of events. I'm enjoying how the track retains a consistent, accessible aesthetic throughout, all while offering a series of clever structural twists/turns. Reminding me fondly of Aztec Camera and XTC, "I Star As You" is a pleasurable listen throughout. For any help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for sending this gem! -Mike

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One Life to Live by Birch Riley

Mike Mineo

Wasting no time, "One Life to Live" begins enjoyably with rousing guitars and wordless, anthemic vocals. Invigorating from the get-go, I enjoyed the subsequent guitar-based intensity, amidst "running for no one," vocal intensity. The unbridled vocals and sweltering guitars lead seamlessly to a reprisal of the vocal energy emitted in the first seconds. I'm a fan of rock tracks with structural variety, and "One Life to Live" does great in keeping my interest, with twist/turns just as a section starts getting comfortable. Case in point, the de-escalation around 02:15 features a bass-fronted mystique and escalating snare that firmly captivates, resulting in the initial energy's reprisal feeling extra satiating into the track's conclusion. Great work on this! Would love to chat further on helping with promotion for the lead single and album -- feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR service's rates, success stories, and more. Thanks again for sending! -Mike

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Hypermetropia I by Federico Ferrandina

Mike Mineo

Lovely, gradual unveiling of flickering acoustics and electronic backing textures. I'm drawn in by the track's steadily unfolding glow, with gargles of synths -- like at 01:10 -- meshing cohesively with lush acoustical trickles. The halting at the two-minute mark, quickly followed by re-emergence of guitars, plays with a crisply invigorating feeling. Certainly, I do think this track has nice single potential, and would do well from a PR perspective in terms of nabbing some recognition among playlists and subsequent sync opportunities. Feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in discussing my PR strategies, and to let me know when this track is public. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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aojwntkplbqievn by Hans Dado

Mike Mineo

Fuzzy, warm qualities inherent initially, like floating ethereally on a jet plane. Spacey frequency past 30-second mark establishes an entrancing feel. Glistening past one-minute mark in regards to that lead is effective, as is the warm buzzing permeating continuously in the undercurrent. I'm intrigued by the dreamy, hypnotic nature of this track, achieving an ambient sort of dream-like state that succeeds. I'll plan on sharing for sure.

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Boss Man by VOITCAMP

Mike Mineo

Hypnotic, twangy guitars and murky, plucky bass make for an immersive sound, one that reminds me fondly of Thom Yorke's solo work. Gradually involved layers become enjoyably accompanied by the initial guitar twang melody, with the two-minute mark unveiling an electro-infused percussive feel that plays effectively amidst flashing brass-like resonance. "Boss Man" is a track that engrosses with its consuming, hypnotic aesthetic -- with a melody that also is becoming stuck in my head. Nice work on this. I look forward to sharing this track, and digging into the rest of the EP. Since you mentioned needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Killer Whales by Denni Ian

Mike Mineo

"Killer Whales" impresses with its serenely unfolding sound. Gently pulsing keys provide a lovely accompaniment to the stirring, deeper-toned vocal lead, which reminds me fondly of Matt Berninger, Nick Cave, and others with a solemnly unique voice. Nice textural backing around 01:18, with a psych-friendly lingering; the effervescent subtlety around 02:20 also impresses. Showing a subtly unveiling soundscape that engrosses, "Killer Whales" is a fully pleasant track I look forward to sharing. Also, since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing's success stories and rates. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Jelly by STEP1

Mike Mineo

"Jelly" shows an immediate punchiness with warbly and twinkling synths, amidst an enjoyably layered collection of vocals. Funky bass-laden tinge approaching the 30-second mark with spurting synths makes for a very cool sound -- converging precise hip-hop flow with a smorgasbord of electronic, funk, and pop elements. Just within the first minute, "Jelly" impresses with its varied tonal reach and obvious stylistically eclectic nature. Rest of the track continues the engagement, continuing the playfully eclectic arsenal. Thanks for sending this gem. I look forward to sharing on Obscure Sound upon release. Please reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com with the public link upon release, and I'll be sure to share. Also feel free to give me a shout regarding my PR servicing, and its rates/success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Jakob Kupferberg [Official Video] by It's (Never) Too Late for Love

Mike Mineo

Spirited acoustics and strings provide "It's (Never) Too Late for Love" with an alluring intro. Suave vocals emerge shortly thereafter with an entrancing charm. Aesthetically, the strings and stirring vocals remind me fondly of The Waterboys. The poignant "end of all times," bridge leads nicely into the string-laden "it's too late for love," hook -- with shades of Rolling Stones there. The acoustics and strings show enthralling interplay throughout. I'm also enjoying the diversification between verse and chorus -- the track manages to be melodically memorable without feeling too tonally samey. I look forward to sharing this track on Obscure Sound in the near future. Also, since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

A flurry of guitars and synth-based fragments form an excitable, consuming intro. The vocals show a post-punk-friendly vein of nonchalance that vibes well with the aesthetic -- like The Chameleons UK meet Ariel Pink. The "oooh, are you..." section around 00:50 provides commendable variation. The lower-pitched vocal quiver during this section adds a menacing effect that plays convincingly amidst the synth/guitar interplay, which concocts a sort of '80s nostalgia. Somewhere aesthetically in the realm of Ariel, The Chameleons UK, and John Maus, "We Were Here But Now We're Not" shows a convincing aesthetic and memorable melodic quality. Thanks for sending! I look forward to sharing this. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. -Mike

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Tell Me It Ain't Over by Dancing on Tables

Mike Mineo

Punchy guitars exude a catchy power-pop feeling from the get-go. A bass-y reverberation alongside suave vocals makes for climatic initial verses, seamlessly gliding into bouncy guitars that excel toward the "tell me that you," chorus, which shimmers with delightful infectiousness. Aesthetically,  I'm reminded of a cross between Rooney and The 1975. As such, the aesthetic is accessible and radio-friendly, while still showing enjoyable creativity. "Tell Me It Ain't Over" exudes contagious charm and aesthetically bright energy throughout, capped nicely by the melodic guitar solo around 01:50. Nice work! I look forward to sharing. Also, since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com for details on my PR servicing. This track has ample PR potential. Thanks! -Mike

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Blue Moon by Purity Trip

Mike Mineo

Spacey, futuristic vibe throughout shows a convincing aesthetic. Reminds me of the 'Mass Effect 2' soundtrack. I enjoyed the effervescent synth addition around 01:40, following by very active percussion and an ominous synth pad serving as a bridge into the second half. Pit-patter of snares expands nicely alongside this synth pad, leading into a fully satiating second half. Nice production and work on this, overall -- capturing a unique soundscape while still being melodically intriguing. I look forward to sharing! Please send over the Spotify link to me at mike@obscuresound.com and I will add to playlists and plan a post. -Mike

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Rust On The Train Bridge by Vanden Dool

Mike Mineo

Engaging, pleasantly evolving track. Percussive click-clacking and exotic background murmurs form an interesting opening aesthetic. Past one-minute mark sees enjoyable soaring vocals that quickly assume a perkier, pop-forward presence, reminding me quite fondly of the band The New Pornographers, as well as The Arcade Fire. The playful '80s-friendly percussion around 01:35 onward - "city," - is especially catchy. Infectious, shimmering qualities throughout make "Rust on the Train Bridge" a winning release. Thanks for sending! 

Added to my best-of monthly playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5bmyTvAFQ87tqS0DyxN1q2?si=27r6E7gpSzqHQkMBJ8K3kg

Planning an OS feature as well.

Since you marked needing help with promotion, also feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. -MIke

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Cleared (Audio) by Jerry

Mike Mineo

Serene acoustics open with beauty, subsiding a bit upon the soaring, elongated vocal presence that follows. The psych-friendly, otherworldly feeling conveyed -- with natural folk-spirited intentions -- reminds me fondly of the act Sun City Girls. I'm also reminded of Damien Jurado, in regard to the lingering backing textures prominent 01:22 -> 01:30 especially. Vocals feel more up-front around 02:15, enjoyably. "Cleared" shows a stirring aesthetic and successfully hypnotic melodic allure. I look forward to sharing, for sure. Feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing, for promotion. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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In Limbo by Bre Cabin

Mike Mineo

"In Limbo" succeeds in terms of aesthetic and atmosphere, and certainly in Obscure Sound's wheelhouse. Enjoyably nocturnal, murky soundscape achieved via dreamy vocals and nostalgic synth tones, echoing an '80s feeling that -- in terms of atmosphere -- reminds me of Kate Bush. The clanging keys around the two-minute mark, escalating alongside lush synth pads, plays with a melodic charm, especially. I have added this track to my 'best of July 2020' playlist on Soundcloud, and intend on featuring. Since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing about my PR servicing's success stories and rates. Thanks for sending! -Mike