“The Game” is a lively track from Captain Mantis, emphasizing the project’s energetic and fun sound. They pursue an “earthy retro sound,” citing acts like Queen and Wings — evident especially in the catchy guitar solos, like at 02:30, which exudes a fun suaveness with classic-rock nostalgia. “The Game” also touts a rousing vocal performance, especially at moments like 01:55 with the escalating fervency alongside trickling keys. The overall aesthetic also reminds fondly of ’80s acts that blended rock and sophisti-pop smarts, like Danny Wilson and The Waterboys. “The Game” is the five-piece’s first single, showing an act plenty capable of churning out hooky tracks that show shades of both the past and present.
“The Game” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2020’ Spotify playlist.