Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

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


band members

Sean Conran - acoustic, vocals, keyboard, producer


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 solo baroque-folk, basement-pop project of Sean Conran, a songwriter/producer who appeared on the scene in 2007 to dabble in melancholic themes brought up on him by sleepless insomniac nights. Bound by limited experience and equipment available, Conran formed an ad-hoc home studio and committed to a nightly routine of composing and recording, with the intent to forgive and forget the past.

This 10-year strong ritual has resulted in an extensive backlog of home demos and experimental recordings, culminating in the home releases ‘Mannequins are People Too’ (2010), ‘Like a Monstrous Lizard’ (2011), ‘Boson’ (2012), before signing to No Safe Place in 2014 for the release of ‘Thrown into The Sea’ (2014), and ‘Leaves, Earth’ (2016), then moving on to self-produce/release another two records independently since (‘Loose Tooth’ + ‘ALARM’ 2017).

Obscura Hail currently exists as a party of three (Guitar, Guitar, Bass, 3x vocalists) + a Nintendo DS running a Korg synth/ drum-machine program, pulled together to help communicate the most recent collection of songs.

Hail takes influence from folk artists and composers of all sorts, from the dark ambience of Akira Yamaoka, the rich storytelling of Sun Kil Moon, Django Reinhardt's innovative finger work, Gregory and the Hawk’s sombre expressions of love in a void, to Imogen Heaps emotive/harmonic layers. Hails stacked vocal harmonies are a motif throughout all of his work, frequently crafting contrasting textures between the lush sounds of his guitar and the softly sung, at times almost whispered, delivery of his lyrics.

Hail's work is a form of exploration surrounding the complexities of experience- each song delves, at times theatrically, into themes of lost love and nostalgia, unearthing and prying apart even the most intimate and fragile of memories. His love of live performances and intimate smaller venues are cross sections of these personal stories, inviting the audience to stay and listen to his tales when the outside world is quiet and everyone else has gone to bed.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

09 May 2017

Triple J
40

This is such a sweet little ditty. Bloody delightful. I also buy fresh veg so, *fist bump*.

This is such a sweet little ditty. Bloody delightful. I also buy fresh veg so, *fist bump*.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

09 May 2017

Triple J
45

those meandering guitars that take hold around the halfway point are so damn good. coupled with some clutch songwriting and this is a tidy upload!

those meandering guitars that take hold around the halfway point are so damn good. coupled with some clutch songwriting and this is a tidy upload!

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

05 May 2017

Triple J
50

this is devastatingly good songwriting you huge jerk how dare you i am so mad about it

this is devastatingly good songwriting you huge jerk how dare you i am so mad about it