“Cartoonish Villain” is a new track from Swedish artist Hampus Svard, touting a briskly infectious sound with post-punk and pop appeal. The verses drive with an ’80s post-punk flavor, as synths, guitars, and nonchalant verses converge. The “hello, it’s time to go,” vocal hook brightens the soundscape, with an effervescent synth padd alongside escalating vocals. 01:54 sees the brisk re-introduction of percussion after a brief emotive lull. This build-up returns around 03:04, though there launching into a twangy guitar lead that captivates, and guides into a soaring, melodically satisfying conclusion.
“Cartoonish Villain” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2020’ Spotify playlist.