Brad Oberhofer, frontman and founder of the Brooklyn-based band Oberhofer, offers up a heavy dose of emotional support in “Earplugs.” The track is from the group’s upcoming album Notalgia, out April 23rd on Glassnote Records.
In the track, Oberhofer is clearly beseeching someone close. He repeatedly asks, “Can you hear me now?” in the fluid, catchy hook. The song is heavy on guitar and drums, and the lyrics are as emotionally transparent as the backing is rich.
“When people are addicted to drugs or depressed, they are often sucked into a world that makes it impossible to think beyond sadness or to absorb any emotional support from friends and family,” Oberhofer tells Rolling Stone. “In the past few years, I’ve lost some friends to things like this. In those situations, there was nothing I could have said to help them. They couldn’t have heard me if they’d tried.”