Sandy Hawkins – “Cherry Chapstick”


The second single from Echo Park-based group Sandy Hawkins, “Cherry Chapstick” shows a winning sample-friendly vein of psych-pop with hip-hop influence — like something off of The Avalanches’ Wildflower. The sample-based hook at the 30-second mark expands nicely into a perky vocal lead, accompanied nicely by sampled vocal enthusiasm in the back. The various vocal tones play engagingly, punctuated sporadically by the sunlight-directed hook. This consuming track was crafted by the group in their bungalow studio, representing one of five songs from their upcoming debut EP, out this fall.

“Cherry Chapstick” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Hip-Hop.

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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