Cale Hawkins – “A Little More Time” + “2:30 Tuesday”


Cale Hawkins released two impressive tracks today, both a showcase of his engaging, richly developmental songwriting. Both tracks tread in a symphonic-tinged vein of electronica, with an arsenal somewhat reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz. The Brooklyn-based Hawkins makes these tracks distinctively his own though. “A Little More Time” develops beautifully from minimal, lush electronica into a more symphonic presence; a ruminating rhythm section combines well with Hawkins’ initial vocal nonchalance, with infectious effervescence peeking through around 00:50, when he admits “the more I try, the less I understand” over a brightening melodic development. It makes for an excellent hook each go-around. “2:30 Tuesday” is even more evolutionary, with a minimalist arrangement complemented very gradually by a haunting array of backing croons and string-laden dramatics. It’s another gorgeous track, with another sensational hook – “what do you dream of…” – and overall, lingering atmosphere. These two tracks show a very strong songwriter with a gripping voice and atmospheric make-up.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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