Mike Mineo

Mike Mineo


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Mike Mineo

Title
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 (Rough Trade, Maison Kitsuné). 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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Wasting Time by Shan Hollywood - Topic

Mike Mineo

Lush guitars assume a multi-layered charm into the amiable vocal emergence, exuding a breezy and summery appeal. References to milk and honey, alongside romantic yearning ("wasting time,"), proves poignant amidst the conversational vocal delivery and serenely swaying guitar jangles. The percussive re-emergence at 01:20 provides a fun melodic oomph. The track's variation is minimal, though the "wasting time," refrain and hypnotic guitar effects converge with the melodic, peppy vocals for a replay-inducing treat of a track. I added the track to my 'Best of April 2022' playlist on Spotify. Also, feel free reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if ever in need of a hand with PR, for this release or any in the future. Am happy to send my rates, success stories, and strategy anytime. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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See You Tonight (Radio Edit) by Analog Beach - Topic

Mike Mineo

The expressive guitar tones and bouncy synth tones exude a strong '80s nostalgia from the start. The lush vocal presence dazzles amidst the pulsing keys, the "spent the whole day," line joined with fun infection by more vibrant guitar tones into the satiating "let's go out tonight," hook. The 02:10 bridge, leading into an even richer "let's go out tonight," vocal push, provides another replay-inducing sequence. "See You Tonight" enamors as a catchy, nostalgic take on '80s-inspired rock/pop. I've added the track to my 'Best of March 2022' playlist, and feel free to email anytime (mike@obscuresound.com) if interested in chatting about my PR services. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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MOODLIGHTING FINAL V1 (prod HUBSTCY) by Blake Wisner, Hubstcy

Mike Mineo

Nocturnal synths and charismatic vocals enthrall in the opening moments. The steady emergence of backing vocal sampling alongside synth arps builds to the momentum upon the rhythm section's emergence. "Moodlighting" struts a savvy production and aesthetic from the get-go; the vocals thereafter dazzle with a balanced mixture of raw pop emotion and effect-laden electronica. The "falling just to break down soon," refrain plays with a particularly emotive and melodically infectious pull. Thanks for sending this; please give me a shout at mike@obscuresound.com when this goes live, and I'll be sure to share. -Mike

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Blinded by Eamonn Conor - Topic

Mike Mineo

"Blinded" begins with sophisticated production and convincing, yearning vocals. Lush, trickling synths and suave saxophone flourishes give way to the pining vocals. The breezy, sax-laden verses drive enjoyably during the "hard to get," bridge, culminating cohesively in the effervescent "baby it's hard to breathe when I'm with you," hook. "Blinded" plays with a summer-friendly, radio-forward charm; the brassy adornments add a fun chirpiness, and the vocals are convincingly in heartbreak-mode throughout. The bridge around the two-minute turn, with its tender guitar licks and added saxophone, plays especially entrancingly. Excellent production and hook-centric songwriting on display here. I've added the track to my 'Best of January 2022' playlist on Spotify. Also, since you marked needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in learning more about my PR services' rates, strategy, and success stories. Thanks! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Passionate, fast-paced guitars kick quickly into gear, setting a climatic feeling for "Rose By Any Other Name." The "let me know," refrain in the chorus plays effectively, the track's alt-rock and punk-rock aesthetic meshing with a very convincing quality. The title-referencing hook, emerging subsequently, also shows hookiness and fervency. The bustling, straight-cutting verses build enjoyably to these series of hooks throughout the track, the "until you got no one else to blame," escalation playing especially well. The delectable guitar solo around 02:40 shows a power-pop allure. Thanks for sending this exciting rocker. I've added the track to my 'Best of January 2022' playlist on Spotify. Also, since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in learning more about my PR services. Thanks! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

The ghostly, soaring vocal tone in the beginning sends chills. A mysterious backing ambience accompanies well, the pit-pattering percussion easing in seamlessly thereafter. The rise around the 40-second mark reminds fondly of Kate Bush. The video captures the track's free-flowing, capricious spirit; the dancing and sand-friendly setting captivate. Bird-chirping past three-minute mark signals a lush, intriguing bridge that helps drive to a satisfying conclusion. Enjoyed hearing another good one from this project!

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looking for the sun by stemmy stemmy

Mike Mineo

"I'm just looking for the sun," opening refrain over fuzzy, shimmering guitars lends a climatic power-pop feeling. The "yeah, yeah," vocal exultation following adds a nice changeup to the structure. There's a yearning for optimism, lyrically, that meshes engagingly with the steady percussive pulse and upbeat guitar riffing. The guitar fade-out and soft backing synth touch at the conclusion provides a quick yet effective finale. Thanks for sending this track, and feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates and success stories. I'm enjoying the overall sound, gravitating toward a sort of power-pop in the vein of Teenage Fanclub. -Mike

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Mike Mineo

The spacey synth effects and aghast vocal reaction concocts a paranormal feeling, the opening lyrics referencing governmental secrecy adding further to a sense of otherworldly anxiety. The string-laden swipes throughout mesh infectiously with the backing underlying synth-laden beat, emitting a Halloween-friendly, nocturnal resonance. The "out this world," hook adds a playful, stretchy synth tone that plays aptly alongside the more soaring, charismatic vocal shift. The track navigates cohesively, following a hip-hop fervor, to the chorus' reprisal at 02:50. I enjoyed the track's touching of electro-pop and hip-hop within a fun, hooky production. I added to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, and feel free to get in touch anytime via mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Blorenj by Carapace

Mike Mineo

"Blorenj" presents a hypnotic electronic sound evolving seamlessly from anxious vocal sampling and thumping bass-heavy clanging into a meditative sequence with a sitar-y effect amidst bustling, evolving percussion. The re-emergence of the vocal sample just past the one-minute mark adds an infectious component, the pause around 01:20 signaling a dark shift. The whirring, more nocturnal nature of this section also consumes, as the initial guitar-laden line reprises toward the conclusion, with satisfying effect. Thanks for sending this hypnotic track -- I've added to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. Feel free to reach out anytime to mike@obscuresound.com to discuss my PR services; I'm happy to share rates, strategy, and success stories. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

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Time 2 Forget by Matthew Mirliani

Mike Mineo

"Time 2 Forget" is a moving track with deeply atmospheric synth tones and emotive vocals, converging successfully for a melancholic electro-pop production. "I can't do it again," opening lyrics exude a regretful, yearning tone amidst lush synth tones and spacey warbled synths. The lyrical emphasis, encouraging a more forward-thinking vigor instead of sitting complacently in the glow of warm nostalgia, is conveyed with a consuming, emotive charm. "Time 2 Forget" plays effectively in its aesthetic and vocal yearning throughout. I've added it to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, and feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Jose Gonzalez submitted media.

Here She Comes by Jose Del Toro

Mike Mineo

Jangly guitars and suave vocals drives to the hooky "ooh-oh, here she comes," line with inviting qualities. The mellow vocals and jangling guitars conjure a nostalgic feeling, enjoyably, while the touch of backing vocals in the ensuing hooks send chills. The psych-laden croon around 01:30, leading into the twangy guitar emphasis, serves excellently as a bridge. The vocal rise at 02:35 is another delightful melodic twist, emitting a yearning reminiscent of a more understated Smith Westerns. Great track! I've added "Here She Comes" to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud -- thanks for sending! Since you marked wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services' rates, strategy, and success stories. Thanks again! -Mike

Luka Kumor submitted media.

Mike Mineo

"Madiha Abu Laila / Betel il Habash" is an intriguing success, and I enjoy the project's scope, in traveling to various countries and recording musicians in a home setting. The call-and-response vocal pattern lends a lush, meditative quality that hypnotizes amidst the percussive resonance. The uptick in intensity, in vocals and rhythms, consumes past the three-minute mark. This particular swell drives to a satiating conclusion, the final 30 seconds featuring clamorous percussion that overtakes the vocal presences with a convincing fervor. The repetitious nature of the song structure lends to the hypnotic, meditative qualities, without becoming too grating. Thanks for sending this, and feel free to reach out at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services, if you are seeking outreach help. I've added the track to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, thanks! -Mike

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Herman Martinez "SIRENS" by Herman Martinez

Mike Mineo

Haunting dual-vocal layering kicks off "Sirens" with intriguing qualities, bolstered shortly thereafter by jazzy percussion and darkly atmospheric guitars/keys interplaying. 02:08 sees an effective twist with the post-punk guitar brooding and plucky keys, conjuring a sound perfect for autumn/Halloween in its nocturnal tint. The vocal section here reminds fondly of Pearl Jam. In general, there's a lovely meshing of post-punk and prog-rock that appeals throughout this one, the latter genre evident on sections like the fluttering guitars' development into ferocious fervor around 03:20. "Sirens" touts inventive guitar/key interplay and an overall consuming aesthetic throughout. Thanks for sending this track, and feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services, if in need of help with promotion for 'Continuity Errors.' I've added "Sirens" to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Spotify. -Mike

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Pj by sinSAN

Mike Mineo

"Pj" is a melodically consuming track with a suave sophisti-pop pull. Plucky guitar jangles and perky rhythms lead into laid-back vocal charm, emitting a sort of '80s nostalgic cool. The "still be alive," refrain around the two-minute mark kickstarts an enjoyable escalation, culminating around three minutes in with the ensuing guitar-based emphasis that delectably closes out this memorable track. In regard to contacts interested in this, I have a variety of them. I'm happy to share more about my PR services' rates and success stories; feel free to inquire anytime, via email at mike@obscuresound.com. I've added "Pj" to my 'Best of October 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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A Head Squeeze by Warren Cockrell

Mike Mineo

"A Head Squeeze" is a stirring success with an intriguing, creative sound -- propelled by passionate vocals and a string-laden backing effervescence, successfully converging elements of rock and chamber-pop. Piano pulsing and playful percussion guide into the ardent vocals, reminiscent fondly in tone to James Dean Bradfield. "Cry like violins," lyric is aptly accompanied by the warming strings in the background, the percussive involvement uptick around 01:20 rousing enjoyably. The vocals emit ample emotion thereafter, until a lusher jazz-tinged rhythm section around 02:10 leads a nice bridge. The clanging percussion and strings around 03:20 is another standout moment. Spacey synth gargling a minute thereafter adds a new, interesting twist to the sound. "A Head Squeeze" presents an engaging journey into chamber-pop and rock stylings, doing so successfully. I've added the track to my 'Best of September 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, and feel free to reach out anytime to mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing more about my PR services. Thanks for sending! -Mike

IANADI submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Shimmering guitars and percussive pulsing lend a climatic, anticipatory feeling initially, the soaring vocals around the 45-second mark invigorating into the "small worlds," refrain. The expressive vocal work around 02:50 is particularly striking, the wordless expression into the "We are," anthemic stirring leaving a memorable impression. The subsequent bird-chirping provides a lush effect, contrasting nicely amidst the spacious soundscape and vocal power. Another successful, creative production with vocal power and an interesting, natural-shifting soundscape. Please do send upon release to my email. Thanks again! -Mike

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Only A Man by Joee Corso - Topic

Mike Mineo

Trickling guitars and solemn vocals set an inviting feel for "Only a Man," an emotive and heartfelt track. Lyrics speak eloquently regarding the youthful knack for feeling invincible, and how experience tends to provide a new perspective on life. The "if the gates of heaven seem far away," rise plays with poignant inspiration, as does the tender guitar addition rounding the two-minute mark and the "only a man," outro. I'm enjoying the overall sound and production here, resounding with sincerity and timelessness. The track's release date of May 2020 makes this one too old to feature on Obscure Sound, though would love to hear newer material as it releases. Thanks for sending!

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How Much More by MUSARTER

Mike Mineo

Dark, gargled synths and a resonating guitar-laden soundscape, replete with '80s nostalgia, cast a mysterious feeling throughout the track's intro. "Read the news today, oh ####," captures quite a relatable feeling, aptly amidst an industrial-leaning atmosphere reminding fondly of Nine Inch Nails. The twangy/stuttering guitar flash around 01:30 begins the build-up with subtle fervor, as does the slight whisper-y backing vocal reflection thereafter, leading into the exhilarating vocal call at the two-minute mark. The vocals' fervent rise here plays in enjoyable contrast to the more nonchalant nature of the first minute+, rousing with its escalation, and here showing a sound fondly reminiscent of Depeche Mode. Thanks for sending this track -- very darkly atmospheric and aesthetically consuming. I've added "How Much More" to my 'Best of September 2021' playlist on Soundcloud, and am happy to chat more regarding my PR services and approach to more left-field material like this. Feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to discuss more. Thanks for sending!

Taylor Keahey submitted media.

Mercy by Brad Clayton

Mike Mineo

Twangy guitars and reflective percussion glide into a passionate vocal lead, leading to the haunting "there ain't no honor," chorus. Similar to the previously impressive "Splitting the Atom," "Mercy" touts a murky, late-night character led by twangy guitars and brooding vocals. The "in forgiveness she whispers," section during the second chorus adds an especially chilling element, the "tricked her," guitar-laden accompany stirring with a Johnny Marr-esque resonance. The whistling, western-y outro also plays with captivating qualities. This is another impressive one; I've added the track to my 'Best of September 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. Since you marked wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire more about my PR servicing's rates, success stories, and approach. Thanks for sending another great one! -Mike

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What You're Doing to Me by Chelsea Lyn Meyer - Topic

Mike Mineo

Excitable vocal enthusiasm and playful power-punk guitar tones set up a vibrant intro, the chugging guitar pulses thereafter and charismatic vocal lead continuing the peppy flow. "What You're Doing To Me" drives to the stellar title-referencing hook delightfully around the 40-second mark, merging elements of alt-rock, power-punk, and power-pop with nostalgic, melodic savvy. The "What you're doing to me," vocal refrain plays with vigor and power throughout, inducing replays. Accessibly melodic with attitude, "What You're Doing To Me" is an enjoyable one, for sure. I'll be planning to share the track and OS, and feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com anytime to inquire about my PR services. Thanks for sending! 

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Push and Pull by Thomas-Matthew Shands

Mike Mineo

Flickering guitar tones and the yearning, soulful vocal presence captivate throughout -- reminding fondly of James Blake, aesthetically. The bass percussion past the 30-second mark adds enjoyably, the "can't you see?" vocal following with precision. The song structure doesn't depart from the initial feeling, or show a ton of variation, though works nicely to assemble a hypnotic result and retain a consuming late-night driving aesthetic -- the "push and pull," refrain around 01:20 evokes a powerfully emotive quality, and serves nicely as the centerpiece hook. I added this one to my 'Best of September 2021' playlist on Soundcloud. Since you marked needing help with promotion -- please reach out anytime to mike@obscuresound.com if interested in hearing more about my PR servicing. Thanks for submitting this! -Mike

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Esports Player by Esports Player

Mike Mineo

"Esports Player" touts a consuming electro-pop dazzle, its nocturnal drive to a superb hook enamoring throughout. The "left my cards on the table," hook plays with a late-night club-friendly energy, reminding enjoyably of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys, aesthetically. The prancing, '80s-heavy bridge rounding the two-minute mark is especially akin to those acts, and lovably so. I'm enjoying how this contrasts from "Self-Care," strutting a more nostalgic vision and emphasizing this project's admirably eclectic qualities. I've added the track to my 'Best of September 2021' playlists. Feel free to reach out via email anytime to pick up our previous conversation about PR, and thanks for sending another great track! -Mike

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Spirit by IANADI

Mike Mineo

Ghostly vocals and a psychedelic sitar lead craft an intriguing introduction, propelled shortly thereafter by buzzing synths and guitar fragments -- aesthetically a bit reminiscent of Kate Bush. I'm enjoying the quick rise from ghostly beginnings into a melodic, more accessible sound. The vocals exude a free-flowing quality, working excellently, especially at points like the two-minute mark, seamlessly alternating between suave and expressive tones (latter "desert of dreams," in particular playing nicely). Sitar-y re-emergence and wordless vocal passion, approaching the three-minute mark, helps drive into a satisfying conclusion. "Spirit" consumes with a creative, melodic sound. I'm happy to share upon release. Please send the public link to mike@obscuresound.com upon release, and also feel free to inquire about my PR services' rates, success stories, and strategy. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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ASHES by NightNight

Mike Mineo

Dark, cavernous synth buzzing and creeping vocals concoct a haunting aesthetic to start, building with a climatic allure (production reminiscent fondly of Depeche Mode). The one-minute mark sees a fantastic expansion, with moody synth arpeggio and rising vocals merging the intro's mysterious, subdued nature with a late-night club feeling, thanks for the synths -- this section enjoyably akin to Robyn and Röyksopp collaborations. "Ashes feel," verses re-emergence glides back in seamlessly. Chorus returns around 02:10 with similarly delightful qualities, the "only ever brought me home," bridge providing a satisfying structural twist at the precise/appropriate time. Thanks for sending this track! I look forward to sharing upon its release. Please send over the link on release day to mike@obscuresound.com, and also -- since you noted needing help promoting -- don't hesitate to inquire about my PR services' rates, success stories, and strategy. Thanks again! -Mike

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Alive by Hardshakes

Mike Mineo

"Alive" is a spirited, melodic track with vocal emotion leading amidst touches of piano and delectable guitar work, the howling tone around 01:18 consuming fully with an '80s nostalgia (like later-era The Blue Nile). The "better days around the corner," -- with the touch of piano -- moment leads an anthemic vocal hook, one that's wholly replay-inducing. The concluding delicate piano combines with acoustics to provide a wholly satiating conclusion, too. Great track! I've added "Alive" to my 'Best of August 2021' playlist on Spotify. Since you marked needing help promoting it, feel free to send me an email anytime at mike@obscuresound.com inquiring about my PR services' rates, success stories, and strategy. Thanks for sending this one! -Mike

Andrew Stonehome submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Serene, hypnotic vocals and a spirited acoustical backbone lend a warming, inviting feel throughout the track's intro. "In a moment you'll soon be free," the vocals lead, driving to the lovely expansive chorus, which entices with piano and string-laden pulses. The playful piano tones and light, breezy acoustics in the verses make for an engaging result throughout each verse, as the ensuing rise in the chorus plays with a natural, enjoyable ease, reminiscent fondly of Paul Simon. Thanks for sending this one. Aesthetically, there's a bit of a throwback feeling here, though should still appeal to a variety of folk/Americana/coffee house playlisters and bloggers. Definitely a well-produced, melodically amiable success. Thanks for sending! Since you're just starting to build a fanbase from scratch, feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing. Would be happy to work with you on this. Thanks again for sending! -Mike

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Heartbreaker (Official Video) by Andrew Stonehome

Mike Mineo

I'm loving the hooky throwback rock feeling throughout "Heartbreaker." Whereas the previous track showed an amiable acoustic-laden stirring fit for Americana and coffee house playlisters/bloggers, "Heartbreaker" plays with a catchy power-pop/rock appeal with ample appeal. Accessible and lively, the drive to the irresistible hook -- "heartbreaker, you can make it awful," -- plays with excitable qualities, with the chorus paying off with satiating allure. As mentioned earlier, since you're kicking off a fanbase from scratch, feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com for details regarding my PR servicing, if in need. I would recommend a campaign focusing on both these tracks, focusing on rock-centric outlets with "Heartbreaker," and folk/Americana outlets with the other, appealing to a wide variety of contacts/tastes. Thanks for sending these tracks, Andrew! -Mike

Taylor Keahey submitted media.

Mike Mineo

"Splitting the Atom" captivates with its brooding, jangly mood -- shades of The Smiths and Matthew Good Band, very enjoyably. Late-night vibes conveyed via the flickering guitars and moody vocals, amidst lyrics conveying the delicate complexities of a romantic reconnection. "Me, I've had enough to think on," vocal plays with a striking, melodic quality amidst the lonesome-sounding piano and guitar smatterings. The string-laden push around 02:48 adds a chilling, consuming quality, helping drive to a fully satisfying conclusion. Excellent work here, aesthetically and melodically. I've added the track to my 'Best of August 2021' playlist on Spotify, and plan on sharing as a blog post on Obscure Sound as well. Since you noted wanting help with promotion, don't hesitate to email me at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR servicing's rates, strategies, and success stories. Thanks for sending this superb track! -Mike

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Altered States by Bangarang

Mike Mineo

Psychedelic guitar jangles begin alongside stirring, textured guitars to start -- while the vocals exude a spacey, consuming quality that reminds me fondly of '90s alt-rock in the vein of Manic Street Preachers and Suede. More recently, I'm also reminded of British Sea Power. In all, a fantastic sound -- the little glisten of keys around 01:23 adds wonderfully, as does the wordless vocals and jangly guitar work thereafter. The surfy vocal touch in the chorus, like around 02:10, is also catching. The intense two-minute finale invigorates with an excellent assortment of guitar-based intensity, this part particularly reminiscent of British Sea Power. Lovely, innovative stuff throughout the track! I've added "Altered States" to my 'Best of August 2021' playlists on Soundcloud and Spotify, and plan to feature on Obscure Sound in the near future. Since you noted needing help with promotion, feel free to email me anytime at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services. Thanks for sending this fantastic track! -Mike

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The Muse and His Angel (SD 480p) by Angel & the Muse

Mike Mineo

A somber piano-driven introduction crafts an elegant yet climatic pull. The gradual escalation of intensity coincides visually with the lightning bolts in the video, capturing an electrifying effect of sorts. Similarly, the more graceful, glistening transition approaching the two-minute mark is accompanied by the moon's glow; I enjoy the visual pairings, such as these, throughout this video. The string-laden backing thereafter plays with chillingly effective results. Excellent performance throughout, with consuming songwriting on display. Agreed -- this would fit nicely in sync opportunities, particularly for films seeking a contemplative, melancholic backing. Feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if you'd like to learn more about my PR services, which aims for relevant sync and press opportunities. Thanks for sending this! -Mike

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Buffalo Girls by The Wavos

Mike Mineo

"Buffalo Girls" plays with a fun, infectious quality throughout. Playful synth-y fragments join alongside the hooky "Buffalo girls," vocal refrain, intriguing in the first minute. The twangy guitar addition at the 40-second mark adds an enjoyable aesthetic edge, as does the added vocal harmonizing upon the next hook/refrain. There's a bit of a McCartney-esque vibe around the bridge at the two-minute mark. The spacey synth-heavy segment a few moments thereafter also captivates. I'm enjoying the charismatic, upbeat flair of this throughout. Looking forward to featuring these tracks on Obscure Sound shortly! -Mike

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Feels Like I'm Dy8ng by Noya Blue

Mike Mineo

Very creative showing with excellent vocal work and production/mixing. Evolution from minimalist percussion and vocal front to multi-layered warmness, a bit after the 30-second mark, plays with ghostly intrigue. "It feels like I'm dying / This world is unfair," lyrics relay relatable sentiments, the multi-layered vocal croon adding emotively. Doo-woppy feel around 01:30 plays nicely as a bridge, as bass-y effect creeps forward. Spoken-word vocal lead in final 1/3 also works effectively. The track exudes a strong, hypnotic pull throughout with aesthetic creativity on full display. Definitely a nice fit for OS. Please do send me the track/video when released, to mike@obscuresound.com, and also feel free to inquire about my PR services' rates, success stories, and overall strategy. Thanks for sending this gem! -Mike

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Homeward Soul 2.0 by Sean Emmett Thompson

Mike Mineo

Pulsing piano and a slight whistle crafts an intriguing intro, followed by calming vocals and jangling guitar work that  engages melodically. The lush vocals and jazzy guitar tones concoct an aesthetic with sophisti-pop allure. 01:45 sees a melodic shift of sorts that plays nicely, reminiscent of Prefab Sprout. The "now I'm feeling so alone, and no one is there," lead-in to escalating guitar jangles at 02:15 plays with excellent vigor. Great production and vibe throughout! I added the track to my 'Best of June 2021' playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud. Since you marked wanting help with promotion, feel free to email me anytime at mike@obscuresound.com to inquire about my PR services' rates, success stories, and strategy. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Milky hands by Sahana Naresh

Mike Mineo

"Milky Hands" is a loving, melodic success. A breezy acoustical charm complements a lovely vocal lead, lyrically conveying a sense of adoration and celebration of parenthood, aesthetically reminiscent of Little Joy. "This world, how will it treat you," vocal turn plays with melodic pull amidst the wordless backing vocal touch. An enjoyable effort throughout. I just added the track to my 'Best of June 2021' playlist on Spotify. Thanks for sending! Since you noted wanting help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com -- am happy to elaborate more on my PR services' rates, successes, and strategy. Thanks again for submitting! -Mike

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Come Alive by The Wavos

Mike Mineo

Another fun track! The nostalgic synth bustling in the beginning leads into suavely melodic vocals, expanding with charisma past the one-minute mark. The "make me come alive," vocal hook plays with hooky allure, the bustling synth and suave vocal convergence exuding a consuming sophisti-pop aesthetic. The nonchalant vocal turn around 02:30 builds a pleasant bridge, culminating fully to the "make me come alive," hooky reprise, leading into a satisfying conclusion. Thanks for sending another quality one! Am happy to share upon release. My email is mike@obscuresound.com -- feel free to inquire about my PR services anytime, and send me a link to these tracks when they're public. Thanks again for sending! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

"Chaos Abuse" struts a stylish aesthetic, the atmospheric synth playfulness meshing nicely with vocals that remind me fondly of Thom Yorke. The "get out ... run far away," vocal segment plays infectiously, especially upon the added backing vocal(?) effects around 01:20. Added guitar line shortly thereafter adds another cool edge. The electronic-tinged post-punk feeling plays convincingly throughout, crafting a hypnotic and memorable feel that entices replays. Thanks for sending! I've added the track to my 'Best of June 2021' playlist on Spotify, and -- since you marked needing help with promotion -- feel free to email me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in chatting about my PR services' strategy, rates, and success stories. Thanks again! -Mike

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Love Beach by The Wavos

Mike Mineo

Quick-swiping guitars and brassy blares complement a funky vocal lead to conjure excitement throughout "Love Beach." The vocal twist around 01:33 exudes charisma, strutting wide range and a nice responsive backing vocal presence, giving way to a brass-friendly section that reminds me fondly of Funkadelic. The vocal repetition in the final minute crafts a hypnotic, replay-friendly feeling. Looking forward to sharing this upon release. Please send the public link to me at mike@obscuresound.com when ready, and feel free to inquire about my PR services anytime as well. Thanks for sending! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Moody guitar tones and a dreamy backing synth complement vocals that, tonally, play enjoyably in a post-punk tradition. That post-punk feeling is further elevated upon the rhythm section showing strongly rounding 01:30, reminding fondly of Interpol, with more depth and mood. "Looking out on the edge," lead-in to the washes of guitar plays excellently. Definitely a big fan of this track, and a great aesthetic fit for Obscure Sound and relevant playlists. Please send me the track's public link upon release, to mike@obscuresound.com, and I'll be sure to share. Also, since you noted needing help with promo, feel free to also inquire about my PR services' strategy, rates, and success stories, anytime. Thanks for sending this gem of a track! -Mike

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Mike Mineo

Intriguing intro with stutter-y guitar effects intrigues fully. Twangy, folk-forward suaveness of ensuing verses also entrances, escalating past the one-minute mark with perky melodic appeal. "The day won't let me down," vocal confidence hooks. "Try not to look you in the eye," leading into "look away from our creation," hook is another notable structural lead-in. The track's yearning, yet suave, aesthetic convinces throughout, with the blue-tinted coloring and feeling of desperation accurately conveyed in the video.  The "pay our bills," bridge unveils nicely, culminating into a satisfying conclusion. Thanks for sending this memorable track; please send me an email upon release, to mike@obscuresound.com, and I'll be sure to share. -Mike

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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