Melbourne trio Obscura Hail have shared their newest EP, Zero ft. singles Goth and Swear Jar.
Conceived on NSW’s South Coast, and now buried alive somewhere in Melbourne, Obscura Hail (Sean Conran, Tamara Issa & Steven West) are sneaking into Melbourne’s intimate spaces and filling strangers with relative truths. The somewhat serious themes of ontology, existentialism, love and loss are framed with sincerity by the lush, but gentle classical guitar work, and the motif of almost whispered, though richly layered vocal harmonies.
Sean Conran on 'Goth': "Goth's core was one take. A slacker vocal reading of two separate songs, forced to contrast each other under the one light. I blasted a looped beat through my Nintendo DS (running Korg M-01) and maxed out the gain on both my guitar pedal and 10 track."
"Eventually I Iayered more of my own and Tamara’s (bass/bv’s) delicate vocals, sweetened the chorus, threw mud on the verses, and thickened the distortion before bringing it to Sam Swain, who humanised the percussion, accentuated the tones that floated to the surface of the muck by recording new guitar parts, pitch-shifting here and there."