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 lead to placement in NME, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Indie Shuffle, and many more, including a nationally televised commercial with ESPN 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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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
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NYC

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John Wollaber submitted media.

Tender Madness by 07 Jenny Besetzt

Mike Mineo

Loving this track! Great intro -- getting those Wild Nothing vibes with the shimmering guitars. Also some Kate Bush with those quick-moving synths. The vocal approach - with a nice dose of reverb and anthemic allure reminiscent of Deacon Blue. As you probably guessed by now, I'm really loving these '80s rock/post-punk vibes. Very stirring final minute as well -- nice escalating vocals over the effervescent synths and shimmering guitars. I plan on posting this on Obscure Sound in the near future -- August queue is backlogged and I'll be out of the country for a few weeks, but I'll post it up sometime in mid-September. Feel free to send a follow-up to mike@obscuresound.com around that time as well -- really nice work on this; no faults that I hear. Definitely interested in posting this and helping out with its promotion. -Mike

Josh McClung submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Twangy guitars and heavy bass make the intro for "U.N.I." very enticing. Guitars scale back as vocals enter, the clicking percussion and ruminating bass doing all that's needed to gently introduce the vocal presence. Bass-y additions around 01:03 provide a great lead-in to the subsequent shimmering guitars, aided by the infectious "you and I" vocal backdrop. "You and I" wisely shows itself with more clarity around the two-minute mark, setting up nicely for a nicely composed final minute or so, filled with ambient guitar twangs reminiscent of The War on Drugs/Kurt Vile. Ending is enjoyably repeating in a hypnotic sense. Really digging this track - nice work. Will get around to posting this on Obscure Sound sometime in the next 30 days. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Jason Cardinal submitted media.

Mike Mineo

"Five Stars" begins nicely with rousing keys and Jason Cardinal's rousing vocal presence, which has a melodic grasp reminiscent of Elton John but a semi-raspy vocal delivery that reminds me of Paul Weller's enthusiasm. Two awesome vocal comparisons for sure, and complemented nicely by the occasional backing female vocals. Even with a conventional structure, "Five Stars" features a rollicking verse with quality vocals, infectious piano, and slight slabs of organ. Male-female vocal duet in the bridge around 01:30 is very well-executed, driving into the second showing of the chorus. Really digging this! Style isn't new by any means, but within this realm it's excellent -- very hook-y and soulful. The Style Council is a stylistic comparison that you should be proud of, while Joe Cocker comes to mind as another vocal comparison. Will aim to get this up on Obscure Sound within the next month - highly enjoyable track. Feel free to send an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you need a hand with PR for this track or others. Either way, thanks for the submission. Great work! -Mike

Carisa Bianca Mellado submitted media.

Human Things by Carisa Bianca Mellado

Mike Mineo

Immediately captivating sound that reminds me of Kate Bush, who herself has a wide stylistic range, but outputs a very worldly sound. The sitar-like drone and gentle strings (?) in the backing during the intro, combined with the soaring vocals, make digging into this one quite easy. Effervescent lift-up around 01:31 serves as a very nice hook. The track possesses a very mystical feel, which aligns wonderfully with the description you provided of the Sirian Dolphin Princess narrative. The rest of the track flows beautifully in hypnotic bliss. I'll post this in the future on Obscure Sound for sure. Also feel free to reach out to me via mike@obscuresound.com if interested in help with PR for this track; I can provide rates and success stories for my PR services upon request. Thanks for the excellent submission! -Mike

Michael Gross submitted media.

Keep Yourself Awake by The Statuettes

Mike Mineo

Infectious intro that chugs along nicely, with the proper addition of the twangy guitar line around 00:30 that helps set up well for the bridge at 00:48, following nicely into some excellent melodic maneuvers, like the cohesive transition back to the initial intro around 01:18. "You've been waiting for the longest time" bridge/chorus a nice moment that reminds me of Weezer, circa their Green Album -- this one has similarly concise vocals and crunchy yet melodically warm guitar rhythms. Distortion-friendly interlude around 02:31 a great choice to keep the structure from being overly conventional. This is a very fun rocker/power-popper that I'm really enjoying. I'll post this in the near future on Obscure Sound, for sure. Also feel free to reach out to me via mike@obscuresound.com if interested in help with PR for this track; I can provide rates and success stories for my PR services upon request. Thanks for the great submission! -Mike

Paul Trygstad submitted media.

Radio Edit by CTRL + ALT + DEL (Removed)

Mike Mineo

Gentle keys and whisper-y vocals give this one an introducing beginning, warbly and nostalgic in tone. String introduction thereafter aligns with a nice vocal melodic shift, reminding of the melancholic pull of acts like Red House Painters and American Music Club. Slight addition of a percussive element allows the keys to flow freely during the "how does it feel..." sections. Really nice arsenal between the vocals - which possess a likable raspiness reminiscent of Psychedelic Furs' - and the warbly keys/strings, to result in an engaging sound that shows a hint of sadness but also optimism in the string line. Successfully captures intentional distance and nonchalant. I'll post this in the future on Obscure Sound for sure. Also feel free to reach out to me via mike@obscuresound.com if interested in help with PR for this track; I can provide rates and success stories for my PR services upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Mario Jackson submitted media.

Hut Freestyle by Kray The a Entertainmener

Mike Mineo

Good vocal production -- has a touch of cohesiveness with the aid of effects, but it's not overly consumed by it, unlike a lot of material today. Beat is straightforward yet effervescent and consuming, with structural variations like the vocal melody change around 01:20 -- leading to the percussive drop at 01:31 -- serving as a commendable hook. Instrumental emphasis thereafter provides a nice relief, though the instrumental section of the beat goes on for awhile, so I'm wondering if you were considering adding some vocals here? Beat is good enough to shine on own, but may want to cut it down a bit if no new vocals are added to second half. Still a nice effort though. Thanks for submitting!

Milo Starr Johnson submitted media.

Family Album by Milo Starr Johnson

Mike Mineo

Stylistic approach - playful and narrative lyrics alongside brisk piano-led pop progressions - reminds me of Squeeze, and fondly so. "Oooh ahh" vocal additives just past the one-minute mark allow the subsequent melodic shifts to prepare for the listeners' ears, with the "family at war' bit reminding me of Peter Gabriel's themes. Great use of backing vocals throughout, with some really great piano flourishes as well just past 01:50. Would love to see more of this ambitious, stylistically inventive piano work. This track is enjoyably understated from a stylistic point, but certainly shows an artist I'd love to listen more of. I'll look to post on OS in the future. If you need any help with promotion, feel free to send an email to mike@obscuresound.com -- I can provide rates and success stories regarding my PR service upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Christian Lindal submitted media.

Up All Night by DYSON

Mike Mineo

While stylistically overly radio-centric for Obscure Sound, "Up All Night" is a riveting electro-pop stunner with faultless production that blends anthemic vocals with interesting electronic work. Nice halted effect around the one-minute mark to lead into the first structural verse, with the vocals showing off plenty of variation into the arp-laden bridge and explosive chorus. The "will be up all night" hook is a good one -- with a nice synth melody flourish at its tail-end, which also plays well during the submerged audio effect around the two-minute mark. Very nice work here, though I'd recommend pitching to more pop-centric blogs.

Sonia Seelinger submitted media.

The Girl (Lumchux Remix) by Sonia Seelinger

Mike Mineo

Cool fade-in effect to kick things off, with the serene acoustics, lush vocals, and tranquil twinkles making this instantaneously interesting. When the percussive beat kicks in around the 30-second mark -- at that point I'm FULLY hooked! Excellently infectious first minute -- reminds me of Gwen Stefani in pop-friendly appeal, which is as complementary stylistically as one could get there. Pulling into a fade-out just past the one-minute mark allows this to build up again brilliantly, with the culmination at 01:31 finding a hybrid between the lush acoustics and some sort of club-friendly electro-tinged Afro-pop. Brilliant! Am re-posting on Soundcloud now, and will absolutely post on OS in the very near future. Send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in help promoting this; I can provide rates/success stories regarding my PR service upon request. Thanks for the great submission and look out for a post shortly! -Mike

Robert Allen submitted media.

"She Said, She Said" by DownTown Mystic

Mike Mineo

Nice cover of an underrated Beatles tune that isn't covered enough! This is a fun fuzz-friendly alt-rock approach with anthemic vocals that remind of The Hold Steady. A nice modern take, for sure. Would enjoy to see future covers of this extend beyond the conventional structure; beyond bits like the backing vocal reflection past the two-minute mark, there's not a lot of innovation on the melodic or structural front. Would play wonderfully at a live show or Beatles tribute, since it's close-to-heart, but as far as posting to Obscure Sound I'm typically looking for ambitious takes if posting any sort of cover. Thanks for the submission though and keep up the nice work!

Milo Starr Johnson submitted media.

Vampire Daddy by Milo Starr Johnson

Mike Mineo

Waves of distortion and a suavely confident vocal delivery makes this track enticing from the get-go, with the fuzz-friendly guitar lead and bluesy ferocity making for a good one-two punch in regards to the instrumental arsenal. Alternate vocal delivery around 01:49 provides some nice variation, a more subdued form; I dig the choice to keep the vocals mostly nonchalant and back in the mix, allowing the bluesy distortion to fully envelop the soundscape. The "goooone" effect around 02:25 is a great touch as well! The track has plenty of charisma, showing Milo Starr Johnson as an act full of potential.

Jules Shapiro submitted media.

Mike Mineo

"Red White & Blue" rides nicely initially on a driving organ, creaking guitars, and gradual percussion, culminating in a powerful vocal presence accompanied by twangy guitars. The "all is lost" distortion heightening works well as the first hook, reverting back to the first verse afterward for comfy familiarity. "Bluueeeee" vocal longing around the one-minute mark works well for variation as well. Many tracks in this style often fall victim to over-repetition, and while this track is lent a hypnotic quality due to the verse repetition, the various takes on the chorus - from the bridge to "blueee" bit - introduce enough variation to make this a strong effort. Guitar interlude just past the two-minute mark, with the excellent percussive build-up and organ collab around 02:34, serve as the track's greatest point. Really nice work here -- full-bodied and lively effort. Will aim to post on OS upon release. Also feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in help with digital PR; I can provide success stories/rates upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Marius Maeland submitted media.

Elderman by Mendou

Mike Mineo

"Elderman" is a stellar track that shows a group that's particularly savvy with developmental post-punk songwriting/production. I'm particularly fond of the percussive evolution that begins around 01:40, culminating beautifully with an eruption of distortion at 02:15. Vocal entry around 03:30 is cohesively introduced, and while not electrifying in its melodic presence, does well in mixing things up structurally -- making the distortion and feedback-laden build-up that culminates at 04:49 even more rewarding. From this point on the track soars, serving as a fitting finale. Nice work. Will post on OS in the future -- and feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if ever interested in help with PR. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Jordan Casey submitted media.

Long Player by The Villas

Mike Mineo

The "the everything you are / everything you knew" hook is excellent -- immediately infectious and to-the-point. The track shows a sharp indie-rock presentation, with suave vocals and playful charismatic guitars. The laid-back and loose take on infectious rock brings to mind Coconut Records and Rooney's more guitar-forward efforts, in showcasing a similar propensity for hooks with the occasional distorted interlude, like here around 02:11 -- with some excellent melodic shifts several seconds thereafter. The guitar reflecting the lead melody at 02:35 gives another nice touch. I'll be posting this in the future on OS - thanks for the submission. Also feel free to let me know if you ever need a hand with PR -- send an email to mike@obscuresound.com at any point if so for rates/success stories. -Mike

Joseph Farrell submitted media.

Mike Mineo

There's a twang in both the vocals and guitar work that gives this effort a nicely nonchalant vibe reminiscent of Mac Demarco and Travis Bretzer. Although the rhythm section seems to stumble at points in trying to catch up with the vocals at points, though "oh baby don't you know you're the one" moment - with the sparse bass lead around 01:40 - and then the reappearing guitar makes for a nice moment. Electric guitar injection around 01:58 suggests some sort of development, which arrives around 02:20 - when the soaring electric guitars comprise my favorite section of the track, proving very reminiscent of The War on Drugs -- high praise indeed. Though the track is shaky at points prior to this rhythmically, the core is here and there's a lot of potential. More similar guitar work to the conclusion throughout would be recommended.

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Ruby Skies by Bristol Blonde

Mike Mineo

1.  Haunting vocal performance with a tone that reminds me of Black Box Recorder's Sarah Nixey, with a dark alt-rock approach that isn't very inventive, but gets the job done in delivering a consuming soundscape with the staccato-laden central hook. Almost a Halloween sort of vibe.

2.  Browse Hype Machine for blogs who have actively covered acts like Black Box Recorder, Suede, Portishead, The Cranberries, Metric, Sleeper, Echobelly, Elastica -- these are the points of comparison that come to mind - and pitch. 

3.  For airplay, try and secure as much blog press as possible. It's difficult to contact radio directly, but their program directors often peruse the web for breaking acts, and the best way to get on their radar - beyond hiring a pricey PR firm - is to gain a large presence in the music blogosphere.

4.  Sync deals primarily come from ample good press; I don't have anyone specifically in mind, as it's hard to tell before reaching out to them if someone will enjoy a specific track. I like this, but the style may not grab others - as it's not exactly a new stylistic approach. I dig the '90s alt-rock/Brit-pop nostalgia and darker vibes, though.

5.  Keep up the good work and thanks for the submission -- I'll be sure to let you know if a post goes up on OS.

Thomas Young submitted media.

Satellite Head, Pt. 1 by Victims of the New Math

Mike Mineo

Nice introduction -- loving how the hazy acoustics build into a faint synth pad that accompanies the frailly enjoyable vocals. The psych-folk approach reminds me fondly of Kurt Vile. The "can you hear me?" bit around 01:10 forward is a nice subtle hook, with the backing synth providing much of the melodic variation. Digging the vocal transition around 01:38 - even though the vocals here are a bit creaky and turned up high in the mix. Nicely accomplished soundscape, and though the vocal mix could use some work there's ample potential here and great room to grow. Wonderful brass-laden touch in the closing moments as well.

Windbird Music submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Massive-sounding introduction, with the theatrical piano and soaring guitars leading nicely into the vocals, which exude an angelic quality that contrasts in successfully interesting form with the distorted guitars. This track plays like a half-ballad and half-rocker simultaneously and does well in doing so, the melody conjuring a wintry landscape with its fleeting guitar and key lines. The guitar lead around the 3-minute mark helps constructs an anthemic feel akin to Coldplay's songwriting technique - a high complement to say the least. The songwriting here is excellent at constructing a grandiose and anthemic sound, as well as the contrast between moments like the resonating guitar and trickling-key interludes (like at around four minutes). Very moving and successful track. Will be posting on OS in the near future. Also feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you're interested in help with PR; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

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Louise Louise by The Vellas

Mike Mineo

Heavy bass and guitar twangs glide alongside soaring vocals to make"Louise Louise" an immediately captivating effort, recalling '90s grunge with the hook-laden distorted fuzz, as well as early alt-rock purveyors like Sonic Youth and Tortoise. The "louise, louise" line - echoed by a charismatic guitar line - provides a nice memorable moment throughout, as does the twangy guitar solo at the two-minute mark. I'm really digging how this solo goes on for over a minute as well, with some awesome percussive work around the three-minute mark that aligns beautifully with the guitar work. This is a fun, energetic success -- I'll be posting on OS in the near future. Also reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if you ever need a hand with PR -- I can provide my rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the excellent submission! -Mike

Robert Kemp submitted media.

Empty Holes by Mike Simmons

Mike Mineo

I'm really enjoying the joyous and slightly drugged-out (in a good way) central hook here, the wordless croons fitting well in-between the soulful and charismatic verses, led by simple-enough swaying guitars but a very strong melodic presence that reminds me tonally of Liam Gallagher and Gaz Coombes. The track has a timeless feel, partly due to a style driven by a predictably comfortable instrumental arsenal and a structure that plays it safe, but wisely so - as the hook/verse hybrid is strong enough to repeat several times. It does give me '90s nostalgia, one of my favorite periods for rock, so that's great as well -- very nice track. I'll be posting on OS in the near future. Also feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you and Mike are interested in help with the PR outreach; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Erika Lawson submitted media.

Mike Mineo

"China Doll" has a sparkling but eerie beginning, with the percussive introduction around 00:38 kickstarting the atmospheric brilliance this track conveys. While the vocals and production gravitate toward a radio-friendly spectrum in terms of sheer arsenal, the vocal performance and hip-hop-laden beat - sort of with a Halloween vibe - exude a sort of darkness and submission. The "I was never really there at all" line - then going into the chorus at two minutes - followed by the slight strings is a fantastic touch! Huge props on advancing the boundaries of pop music and remaining accessible while stepping outside the box, similar to Grimes. Will be posting on OS in the near future. Feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you're interested in help with PR for this track; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Winston Jeune submitted media.

Step Into My World by Four Trips Ahead

Mike Mineo

A heavy and snarling distorted guitar collides with vigorous percussion and forceful vocals to result in a captivating beginning, with Four Trips Ahead showing themselves as a band gets to the point. The enjoyably forceful verses are nicely accompanied by a harmonious chorus that features a memorable hook that's easy to sing/nod along to. Ozzy Osbourne comes to mind as a vocal comparison -- which is obviously a good thing, so props on the commanding presence. Guitars have a charismatic Josh Homme-like feel going on as well. The instrumentation and production are precise; there's no problem with how this sounds. The crunchy interlude around 02:27 is a nice way to mix things up as well before heading back into the enjoyable reprisal. Very nice work! I'll plan to post on OS in the future. Also feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you're interested in help with PR; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

David Newell submitted media.

Run by Midnight Mystery Club

Mike Mineo

Great nocturnal vibe led by the flickering synths and high-presence vocals, which reminds me of Phil Collins circa "In the Air Tonight". On the hook front, I'm really digging the transition around 01:20 to the central hook - with a great arp accompaniment around 10 seconds later during the phenomenal "after you" hook. The track accomplishes enthralling infectiousness in the first two minutes, with the second half finding an enhanced bass line adding to the already-great feel well. The final minute soars especially with, with the hand-clap percussion around 03:15 adding even more life to the uplifted vocals, which near falsetto range in accomplishing this very successful finale (which has great synth arp and guitar interplay). Fantastic track! I'll be posting on OS in the near future, for sure. Also feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you're interested in help with PR; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Chris Sinclair submitted media.

Knives by Fox

Mike Mineo

YouTube stream is saying "An error occurred. Please try again later." Can you please re-send? Thanks.

david cooper submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Warm guitar tones and a pleasant vocal delivery make the track immediately enticing, showing a very crisp indie-rock approach that - while although not breaking down stylistic barriers - introduces well, with the stylistic aesthetic reminding me of an old favorite in Ghosty. The backing vocal melody and shimmering piano repetition at the back-end of each verse starting around 01:00 serves as a nice hook and lead-in to the guitar lead around 01:40. The transition around the two-minute mark to deeper, more tranquil vocals is aptly accompanied by scaled-back instrumentation, a production choice that I really enjoy. This whole section serves as a great interlude; many indie-rock groups suffer from over-repetition, and moments like this help your group stand out from the rest. Very nice songwriting, with a joyous quality. I'll be posting on Obscure Sound in the next few weeks, for sure. Also feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in details/success stories regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks for the submission! -Mike

Cael Dadian submitted media.

Saved by Cael Dadian

Mike Mineo

Loving the various key sounds that comprise this soulful beginning, with the nice apt cut sample also used on Kanye's "Ultralight Beam" working well. What follows is a punchy and immaculately produced gem, which blends backing gospel vocal samples with a ferocious contemporary take on soulful hip-pop. The vocal delivery is faultless in the rhythmic approach, reminding me of some excellent Mac Miller and Frank Ocean hybrid -- in that it's simultaneously adept at both atmospheric pop hooks and furious hip-hop adornments. This track has STAR radio potential written all over it; it's immediately accessible, and seizes on the gospel-tinged soul-pop that's been increasingly popular lately. No criticisms on my end; this is a timely success. Will be posting on OS in the near future for sure -- and feel free to give me a shout at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in rates/success stories regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks for the submission -Mike

Useless Cities submitted media.

Stay by Useless Cities

Mike Mineo

The bass and sparsely placed percussion, combined with the distant dual vocals, make for an interesting introduction that becomes nicely enhanced by the shimmering guitar around the one-minute mark. The additional piano and string-like tone 15-20 seconds later adds another nice dimension, culminating in a nice build-up before tracing back to the intro, this time with some more nice additions. The droning guitar that follows is a very nice touch, adding a post-punk vibe to the piano's neo-classical feel. Getting pleasant Interpol vibes in the instrumentation, while the vocal approach reminds me a bit of Swedish group Love Is All. Nice track here - to the point and done well. I intend to post it on OS in the future. Feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com if you're interested in help with PR as well; I can send my service's rate and success stories upon request. Thanks for the submission :) -Mike

Frank Fusco submitted media.

Plush Interior (Feat. Watsky) by Vinyl Spectrum

Mike Mineo

Muscle-y distortion and an active rhythm section give way to vocals that have a timeless sort of charisma. The percussive halted effect around 01:30 gives away to an effective hook, with ominous spoken-word vocals relaying over wispy guitar distortion and clanking percussion. The intense lyrics that follow - especially the bit about cumming/coming inside, and then giving way to a seductive guitar solo - are very effectively conveyed, especially as they tend to align tonally with the backing instrumentation. This is a refreshing stylistic contemporary hybrid that I'll be revisiting for sure. It blends '00s hard alt-rock with classic-rock sentiments of the past. Will be posting on OS in the future.

Jonny Freesh submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Charismatic and personality-packed track, that reminds me of Lil Dicky's humorous hip-hop approach, as well as Das Racist's audible appreciation for the genre in general. Little production bits on "I Like to Climb Trees" - like the repeating "fucker" vocal sample, spacey synth effects, and hypnotic quick and tonally diverse vocal delivery - craft - indeed, as you put it - a truly unique vein of hip-hop. The "climb trees" hook around 02:20 works very well, making up for any lack of variation that may deter those of more structurally complex hip-hop. I'm a fan of the soundscape creation and humorous bits - from the "motherfucker" vocal sampling to jungle sounds around the three-minute mark. The playful percussion and buzzing synths provide a constantly good backdrop to this entertaining track, boosted by an equally entertaining video. Will post on OS in the future. Best of luck, and thanks for the submission. -Mike

Mat Herron submitted media.

We Could Be Friends by Billy Nelson

Mike Mineo

Atmospheric and touching track. Beginning with vocals repeating "I can see us as friends" over a melancholic and spacey synth pad and aquatic arp, feelings of unrequited love are strongly conveyed. The nonchalant lead vocals creep forward gently, leading to the creepy leading effect around 01:20 -- which then transitions into a tribal-like procession that reminds me fondly of Animal Collective, with more natural vocals. The playful synth solo around 02:15 is a nice touch, as is the muttered vocals in the background -- conveying a futuristic sense of optimism, despite the murky unrequited underbelly. I'm digging the playful vocal approach in this track, as well as the hypnotic and atmospheric blend of psych-pop and electronica. Will be posting on OS in the near future for sure; feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in rates/success stories regarding my digital PR servicing, as well. Thanks for the submission -Mike

Sim Balkey submitted media.

Mike Mineo

Country isn't my or Obscure Sound's forte keep in mind, but I do enjoy this; the commanding vocals and polished production stand out in a good way, comparable to the good-timey summertime feelings of most country-rockers I hear that achieve nicely on the radio and in the summer tour circuit. Romantic yearning in the verses - with a gentle guitar twang and an acoustic backing - give way nicely to the "let's get lost like we used to" hook, which brims with melodic passion and a contagious sense of sun-shining optimism. Despite not being up my wheelhouse in a stylistic sense and too structurally/stylistically conventional for Obscure Sound in general, "How Bout We Do That Tonight" is an instantly accessible and well-produced track that should achieve success in its respective stylistic niche. Thanks so much for sending, and keep up the great work. -Mike

Marcin Cichy submitted media.

Lose My Mind by meeting by chance

Mike Mineo

The "I can get through this" (?) vocal playfulness - along with the developmentally melodic clanking - gives this one a very unique and ethereal introduction, somewhere between Burial-esque dubstep and tranquil dream-pop, mixed with The Weeknd's hungover and nocturnal yearnings. "Lose My Mind" rides on the especially interesting female vocal cuts and otherworldly soundscape, with fascinatingly cohesive transitions - especially whenever it cuts into the harp-like instrument that gently overlaps the female vocal addition. The primary verses are enticing, as well. I'm digging this track's mysterious nature and overall delivery - very nice work. Will be posting on OS in the near future for sure -- and feel free to give me a shout at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in rates/success stories regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks for the submission -Mike

Becca Fox submitted media.

My Theory by GENTLEMAN BRAWLERS

Mike Mineo

Sporadic guitar twangs, enthralling vocals, and a jazz-inspired evolution into lush bass-percussion rhythms make this a stylistic standout; the vocals are lush in their approach, but also show the ability to uptick emotion - at points like 01:15 and 01:24 especially. The percussion reminds me of Afro-pop, while the the trickling and impressive guitars recall a Steely Dan-esque sophistication. The synth-tinged interlude around the two-minute mark is a nice touch as well, and I'm really digging the twangily reverbed elegance around 02:30. This track manages a great degree of structural and stylistic versatility that makes it stand out form the pack while still showing an accessible form of atmospheric captivation and hook-laden accessibility. Very nice work! I will be posting in the near future, and reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing; I can provide rates/success stories upon request.  Thanks for the submission -Mike

Donny Radwell submitted media.

The Bitter End by Donny Radwell

Mike Mineo

Great guitar tones in the intro -- natural with a gentle touch of reverb. Vocals are somewhat distant but still emotionally effective. Transition into falsetto vocal territory around 01:19 is very nicely done, even though I hear a tempo-related stutter at 01:33 that should be addressed. I appreciate the bare and honest sentiments though, and this track certainly succeeds in attaining a level of naturalistic beauty, and beyond that singular hiccup there's no glaring miscues. Vocals show good range, though I feel that both the falsetto-driven hook and general approach would benefit from more elaborate and precise production; honesty and naturalism can still be accomplished with that. Heaps of potential here though. Looking forward to hearing more in the future.

Tal Mir submitted media.

River by Cookie Cutter Killer

Mike Mineo

"River" is a fluttering vocal-driven effort that rides on a minimalist arsenal of very enthusiastic vocals and twangy guitars. It's a lo-fi approach from an instrumental arsenal standpoint, but simultaneously shows the ability to expand through the charismatic vocal presence of Cookie Cutter Killer. Nice use of brass around 02:35 as well -- was hoping for some instrumental expansion around that point, and it delivered. This track has quality appeal in both the indie market and more radio-centric avenues, without any evident flaws in the production. Some may fault it for a limited instrumental approach, but I find it to be a good demonstration of the artist's talents. Nice work.

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Kings Of Nothing by Richard Yot

Mike Mineo

Hi Richard -- cool to see this is your first submission ever. Glad to provide my input. First, the production is immediately clear and sonorous - you balance the vocals well between the natural elements and soaring synth/keyboard pad. The "we drift away" hook around 01:10 reminds me very distinctively of The Church - and tracks like "Angela Carter" - which is high praise. This packs a similar sort of jangle-pop punch that sounds like it would be released in later '80s post-punk era. The vocals, while being far from melodically perfect, have personality and a genuine longing that works well with the spacey backing. I would turn the vocals down just slightly in the mix. In any case, this is absolutely worth releasing as it stands. I'm really digging it, and plan on posting it to OS in the future. if you decide to release and are looking for help promoting it, free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com for success stories/rates regarding my digital PR servicing, as well Thanks for the submission, Richard. -Mike

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Wolves' Clothing by SUNSLINGER

Mike Mineo

"Wolves' Clothing" is a very solid effort that can be enhanced even further by some production fixes. The vocals seem a bit too up-front in the production and jarring during the first minute, likely emphasized by the absence in percussion, but it all comes together well after the one-minute mark. I'd suggest to turn the vocals down a bit in the mix to counteract this. Great, emotive interlude around the two-minute mark -- leading into the solid "oh my gosh" hook, which is accompanied nicely by the guitar swipes and spacey synths. Concluding interlude starting at 02:30 is very good as well. This reminds me fondly of Scandinavian pop acts. Thanks so much for the submission; feel free to keep me posted on any new material and reach out to mike@obscuresound.com if ever in need of PR servicing. Thanks -Mike

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Mike Mineo

"Nobody's Business" is a charismatic electro-pop track that reminds me very fondly of Hercules & Love Affair (which I would recommend that as a reference point when promoting this track within the blogosphere). The vocals alternate nicely between suave nonchalant confidence and expansive evolution, highlighted especially during the chorus that kicks in around the two-minute mark (preceded by some cool psych-friendly halting effects around 01:55), and the "church on Sunday / cabaret all day on Monday" vocal line over an infectiously sly vocal backing is a particular standout hook. Very nice work - cool to see it's been in progress since '92. Will be posting on OS in the future -- feel free to reach out to mike@obscuresound.com for success stories/rates on my digital PR servicing as well, if you're in need of that. Thanks for the submission :) -Mike

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Fire Away by Trouble in the Wind

Mike Mineo

Soaring beauty of a sound with a western-y twang and alternative-folk fervor that reminds me fondly of Matthew Sweet and Camera Obscura. "I wanna love you strong like a cowboy junkie song," is a captivating, effective line that successfully delivers the message of this yearning love song, the genuine feelings even further propelled by the twangy guitar solo around the two-minute mark. There's nothing to fault about this track; it's to-the-point and simple in its structure, but lovingly so -- it's anthemic and moving in its melody and message, a very commendable work. I'll be posting it on Obscure Sound in the near future for sure. Also feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if in need of PR help -- I can provide rates and success stories upon request. Thanks again for the great submission -Mike

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Mike Mineo

"This Is Home" is a fresh-sounding hip-hop track that serves as a commendable response to racism, referring to overcoming the temptation of retaliation and instead channeling the energy on artistic expression. The verses, with a glisten key-led fervor, speak about the inescapable madness of public racism, while the infectious chorus leads with an anthemic response ("I must get up and live / I just don't really like what I see / But I feel like I want to stay, cause this is home") that effectively relays that running away - especially from home - is not the answer. With a cool beat, coherent central message, and slick delivery, "This Is Home" is a solid effort for sure. Look out for a post on OS, and reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in rates/success stories regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks -Mike

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Clip by Suburban Haze

Mike Mineo

Clean, twangy guitar tones bring this one in gently, before an enjoyable expansion occurs around the thirty-second mark, revealing a full-bodied alt-rock sound that reminds of '90s indie-rockers The Wrens. The vocals are similarly passionate - with a touch of emotive longing - and the guitar use is front-and-center and very melodically involved. The combustible section that begins around 01:15 is a great bridge of sorts, leading cohesively back into the verses by 01:43. The key addition just after the two-minute mark is a nice touch as well, providing a post-punk edge reminiscent of Wild Beasts. The final minute - where the vocals soar and the guitars become even more unleashed - provides a fitting finale to this polished and powerful effort from Suburban Haze. Really nice work here. I'll be posting on Obscure Sound in the near future, and feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in details regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks, and have a great weekend -Mike

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Amazing Love by Will Saunders

Mike Mineo

Glistening keys and melodic brass comprise an enticing intro, with the smooth and soulful vocals commendably leading a romantic track that would sound ideal under the moonlight or in a dimly lit lounge. The lead vocals seem turned up a bit too much for my liking on the production front in the first minute or so, but it's a good performance nonetheless. The strings, brass, and keys - combined with soulful vocals - remind me very favorably of Thom Bell's songwriting/production work. The final minute is a great finale as well, with the the various melodic elements of the track colliding for a very satisfying finish full of emotion and heart-tugging grace. I like it quite a bit - nice work.

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Run With Scissors by Yev Visao

Mike Mineo

The solemn Western-y acoustics and fluttering arpeggios provide an awesome backing to the intense delivery, which shows melodic range while being simultaneously subdued -- meshing with the track's lush and powerful flow. The entry of distorted guitars around the one-minute mark provides a nice lead-in to a nice hook - where near-screaming vocals alternate with hushed laments. The slabs of distorted guitar throughout are very well utilized, as are the melodic changes - like at 01:40 - that involve them. Looking forward to posting this and "Let the Fire Burn" on Obscure Sound in the near future. It showcases an exciting hybrid of hip-hop and alternative, that's largely unparalleled in style - which is something I'm a big fan of.

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Mike Mineo

Fluttering acoustics and playful vocals headline this pleasant effort. The piano trickles - followed by the amusing kazoo bit - are nice cogs in the build-up, as is the shuffling percussion that emerges about a minute in. The "drivin' on a road that I've never seen before" section - as well as the melodic shift a few moments afterward - is a great hook-y moment, in particular. With an aptly outdoors-y and carefree music video, this is certainly a very solid effort. I don't have any particular criticisms at all -- it's a bit too conventional for my tastes, but I'm on the odd end anyway -- there's no denying the radio-friendly appeal of this. For promotion, I'd recommend scouting out similar artists on Hype Machine - Camera Obscura and Emmylou Harris come to mind - and reaching out to blogs who posted them, while referencing their interest for the comparison in your pitch. Thanks a ton of the submission -Mike

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Locus of Control by Clast

Mike Mineo

Good to hear from you again - I really enjoyed "Know You Know Me" a year ago, and this one captures a similarly effective hybrid of effervescent synth-pop and unsettling infectious industrial electronica. The strained vocals, whirring synth arpeggio, and glistening keys help craft a very stellar build-up throughout the first 0:15, until a melodic transition in the arp signals the next section. The subsequent introduction of percussion makes the initial hypnotic melody even more full-bodied. The Thom Yorke-esque ghostly interlude around 02:15 followed by brass-like whimpers is my favorite section -- very atmospheric and powerful. Another great one from Clast - really digging this. I'll be posting it on Obscure Sound in the near future. Also reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com for details/rates regarding my PR servicing; I'd love to help out with this track/release.

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Wild Ricky by Huckleberry

Mike Mineo

Twangy and lush guitar-led jangles lead the introduction to this stylish track, soon accompanied by charismatic vocals in the ilk of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dandy Warhols, and other rootsy classic-rock-revering successes. The ensuing guitar wah-wahs provide a burst of varied excitement, as does the "Ricky" hook; the uptick in vocals, before transitioning back to twangy tranquility, is a great production choice. "High as a kite 'cause he ain't got a dayjob" and images of the countryside exude a sorta live-free mantra that works wonderfully with the track. All in all, this is a commendable success; I'll be posting it on Obscure Sound in the near future. Reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in success stories/rates regarding my digital PR servicing. Thanks for the great submission - Mike