Plastic Cactus – “Year of the Rat”


Hypnotic rocker “Year of the Rat” is a stellar single from Plastic Cactus. The Portland, OR-based band are prepping their debut full-length, and “Year of the Rat” represents its first single.

“It’s the year of the rat,” the opening vocals declare, smoothing into hazy guitar twangs and a bright organ underlying. A brassy component adds further to the mystique, gearing seamlessly back into the guitar/organ interplay thereafter. Grimy guitars ooze with melodic splendor past the two-minute turn, driving into a fulfilling finale. I’m certainly excited for the upcoming full-length.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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