Just like a piece of seaweed drifting across endless oceans, ‘Seaweed’ is a floating delight: dreamy, hypnotic movements propel the track forward with dappled splashes of sonic sparkles, and Cartwright’s vocals lazily shimmering across the gently undulating surface. It’s both trippy and hypnotic with a visceral and organic feel, layered and enveloping like a warm blanket. You can drift softly away into the ether in its embrace.
It’s no surprise that Cartwright cites Pink Floyd as an influence (listing ‘Obscured By Clouds’ as a favourite): you can also detect that psychedelic-era Beatles in the jangling melodies and layered multi-coloured soundscapes that echo inside your mind.
Cartwright says of the track:
I wrote the song after Julia from Rice Is Nice asked if I had any songs that she could pitch for a new SpongeBob SquarePants movie. I didn’t offhand and so I went down to my music room and wrote and recorded the majority of the song that morning.
I always love slow dreamy music and had the image of seaweed lilting in gentle waves in my head and the song came out really easily. SpongeBob is a psychedelic show so I thought it was on theme. Having a particular goal can sometimes be so helpful for inspiration. By the end of my recording session I had my favourite song I’d written in a while. SpongeBob or not I really liked the song!
‘Seaweed’ is gentle spaced out bliss and is out everywhere tomorrow. In the meantime, turn on, tune in and fade away through the link below:
“Seaweed’ comes off Cartwright’s forthcoming solo album due later this year, entitled ‘Daisy Lion’.