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 (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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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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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

Adam Ricks submitted media.

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

Philip Sidener submitted media.

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

Leila Keeney submitted media.

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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Mike Mineo

"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

Ralph Pezzullo submitted media.

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

Alexander Falconer submitted media.

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.