The Climactics – “Cartoon Life”


Brooklyn-based act The Climactics showcase their enjoyably developmental songwriting on new track “Cartoon Life.” Its first half is a builder, a bustling bass line gradually accompanied by Strokes-esque guitars and increasingly escalating vocals. Catchy and brisk, the first half lures listeners in, and braces them for a more ambitious second half in the more psych-friendly realm. More lush and spacious, this psych-friendly transition shifts into some seriously hypnotic guitar work around 02:42. The group seamlessly transitions from Strokes-ian rock into a deep layering of psych-rock in the Pink Floyd vein. The vocals also show commendable range in the final minute.

“Cartoon Life” is a very strong showing from a rising act with a charmingly eclectic stylistic reach.

“Cartoon Life” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2018’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Rock.

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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