“Is This Real?” shows the bright, soaring pop smarts of Mojave Nomads, an act from Ogden, Utah. A charismatic, perky vocal lead builds to a pleasantly melodic chorus — “is this real? / can you feel the electricity?” A delectable guitar solo emerges in the final minute, strutting an anthemic, fun feel — reminiscent tonally of Smith Westerns. The vocals assume a higher-pitched, airy feel that’s pop-friendly and ideal for the title-referencing chorus. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from Mojave Nomads.
“Is This Real” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2019’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Catchy Indie Pop.