Track Review: Stickman Cartel – Accolade

Stickman Cartel

“Accolade” is the energetic debut track from Stickman Cartel.

London-based Stickman Cartel have been hard at work on their upcoming single, “Accolade.” Their debut track features pulsating synth, funky bass, and soulful vocals. Singer Ben Friedman’s conviction is strong in both his vocals and writing with lyrics like, “It’s a drop in your ocean – give me the accolade I deserve.”

But don’t let all of the lyrical venting fool you – “Accolade” is definitely a dance track. It’s fun, catchy, and it’s meant to get your feet moving. The song starts with “Baba O’Riley” style keyboards as the tension mounts, giving way to a burst of energetic beats in the chorus. The band officially considers their style as “indie disco” and it’s a fairly apt description. There are definitely some 70s influences with the guitars, and the drums consistently carry a strong disco cadence.

Stickman Cartel have also been known for translating their dance sound into high energy live performances. For those of you across the pond, the band will be holding a launch party on August 28th at The Waiting Room in London. If you can’t make the show, you can still stream “Accolade” here until its official release on September 2nd.

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Author:Jennifer Roger

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