Hampus Svard – “Cartoonish Villain”


“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.

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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