Cartography – “Sir Francis Drake”


“Sir Francis Drake” is a newly released track from Cartography, the solo project of New York-based artist Trevor Misplay. Crisp acoustics and bird chirping opens the track in inviting form, with the track building toward a soaring, gripping feel from here. The vocals exude a shimmering, psych-friendly quality amidst the tropical percussive vibes and lush acoustics. An “endless laughter,” bridge leads nicely into a jubilant, shining chorus that puts the artist’s songwriting talents on full display. The track’s mid-point is a patient foray into more textural psych-pop territory, capped off by a final minute with a shimmering likeness to the beginning. “Sir Francis Drake” is a fully enjoyable track from Cartography.

“Sir Francis Drake” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2019’ Spotify playlist.

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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  1. Love this track. Vibey and saturated. Listen to it all the time on my driving playlist. Great stuff.

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