Obscurley is an adventurous 3-piece Pacific-Northwest-based musical group whose eclectic, richly detailed Alternative Pop is informed by Reggae, Afro-Caribbean Calypso, Soul, Hip-hop, and many other genres. Their full-length debut, Lost Circus, appeared on Innerstate Records in 2021.
“We play the music around you. We’ve all been through different frames of mind at any given time. First you’re in that awkward date mode, then you’re in that first pumping mode, then you’re in that smoke some ganja and relax mode, and then you’re in that sleepy mode. After that, you’re right back into that party mode and ready to do it all again. Our purpose in writing songs is to take you through that journey of moods.”
The group combines Washington-State native, Tyler McGrath's grunge-influenced lead guitar solos with African-born singer and guitarist, Clint Warren's West African Kaiso-inspired highly rhythmic beats. The two are complemented by Michigan rapper Sultry Samurai's harmonic vocals. Prior to Obscurley, the two singers Warren and Samurai were part of a South-Florida-based electro-pop duo called Stellar Icaria, influenced by a wide range of genres including Mento, a style of Caribbean music that influenced ska, reggae, and rocksteady today. The two have incorporated the songs by Stellar Icaria adding McGrath's Pacific-Northwest twist.
The group is currently the Number 1 rated Ska act in Oregon according to ReverbNation and has received two acclaims from the Grammy Awards. The MusiCares Foundation awarded the group with a recording sponsorship in 2020 the group was a semi-finalist for the 2021 Opening Act Contest.
Since the Group’s first studio release with Innerstate, they have collaborated with artists like Backman, Dominic DeLaney, Andii Styron, and Angelic Noise. Backman’s single “Way Home,” is a cover of a yet-to-be-released song by Obscurley and has already made the top 100 Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The fourth song on their album entitled Jacué is set to be the Theme song for an adult animated science fiction sitcom entitled "Off Leashed," set to air in the Summer of 2022.
Ben Crandell from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel described the act as, "One of the coolest upcoming hip-hop artists with an old-school feel we've heard since Eminem."
The group recently signed with Universal Music Group for an acoustic cover of the song "Purple Haze," set to be released in 2022.
"We coined the term “Obscurley” out of our use of poor English in 2019 when we came up with the idea for the group. It’s spelled “L-E-Y” like Bob Marley, but not Obscurely – that’s just wrong. We think of it like this. Have you ever flipped through the radio stations or play-lists on Spotify simply looking for some good songs that don’t all sound the same? Why does every new band’s songs all sound the same? We came up with the idea for Obscurley to be a combination of good, fun music. It’s as simple as that. Since we started writing music our friends had always described our music as avant garde and obscurley put together. We looked up both words. Turned out Avant-garde was a real word but Obscurley wasn’t. Now it is…"
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