Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Gregory and The Hawk, Kings Of Convenience, Shakey Graves, The Tallest Man On Earth, Elliot Smith, The Weepies, They Might Be Giants


band members

Sean Conran Tamara Issa Jackson Phelan


Influences

Django Reinhardt, The Ink Spots, Owen, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, The Carpenters, The Cranberries, They Might Be Giants, Pogo, Thee More Shallows


Website

obscurahail.bandcamp.com

Bio

Obscura Hail is the nightly routine of song writing with hast, driven by an irrational fear of memory loss, enabled
by access to a plethora of ad-hoc recording equipment. 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, giving his extensive backlog a kind of naïve optimism for the individual experience.

Conceived on NSW’s south coast in 2006, and now buried alive somewhere in Northcote,
Obscura Hail are sneaking into Melbourne’s intimate spaces and filling strangers with relative truths.
Recently performing alongside Kele Okereke (Block Party), Cam Avery (Tame Impala, Pond) Aldous Harding,
Julia Jacklin and Stolen Violin (The Middle East), Obscura Hail are thrilled to announce new single ‘Limberjack’, taken from the forthcoming album “Pallbearer” out NOV 15th .

On Limberjack:

"[Obscura Hail] offers a unique display of humanity. His empathetic, iconoclast portrayal of realism is almost confrontational, though the harmonising vocals and stirring instrumentation take the brunt of that effect. The complexity of his alt-folk meshes with layered guitar beauty and intriguing narratives. Obscura Hail crafts this together through his clever ambiance to the music itself, making it so homely and familiar.

A very special mention to the video, which earns a very welcome and warm place in my heart. The 8-bit, pixel art animation is simple, though so incredibly fitting. It’s transfixing and perplexing, much like the song itself."

- Jake Wilton (AAA Backstage)

You can catch a couple of special intimate shows in November, in celebration of the latest contemplative material.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

09 May 2019

Triple J
40

This is seriously beautiful. I've obviously not been paying attention because plenty of people i know are big Obscura fans yet somehow I wasn't? Don't worry though, I am now.

This is seriously beautiful. I've obviously not been paying attention because plenty of people i know are big Obscura fans yet somehow I wasn't? Don't worry though, I am now.

Review

Review by Linda Marigliano Linda Marigliano

09 May 2019

Triple J
40

where did you come from? do you live beneath a garden bed? take me there i wanna bury a body and enjoy the twists in your anecdotes. p.s. you're right, there IS something cool about stuff that gives u the creeps

where did you come from? do you live beneath a garden bed? take me there i wanna bury a body and enjoy the twists in your anecdotes. p.s. you're right, there IS something cool about stuff that gives u the creeps

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

21 Nov 2018

Triple J
45

The first time I met Obscura Hail, he was holding the teeth that he sings about in this tune. Bad Math feels a jagged candy spike in Willy Wonka's Factory puncturing an angsty teen whilst Willy watches on knowing that this was going to happen the entire time!

The first time I met Obscura Hail, he was holding the teeth that he sings about in this tune. Bad Math feels a jagged candy spike in Willy Wonka's Factory puncturing an angsty teen whilst Willy watches on knowing that this was going to happen the entire time!