Artist Watch: CatCall Is Calling

Thursday, May 31, 2012

To commit a sleazy music journalism crime (all while being brutally honest) it must be said that CatCall has made the album that I wish Ladyhawke's Anixety was. While I'm still head-over-heels in love with Ladyhawke's 2008 self-titled debut, her upcoming sophomore set just ain't slicing the Wonder Bread, in fact, it isn't slicing a darn thing.

To abstain from further hijacking this post, let's get back to CatCall's debut album, The Warmest Place, as it does what Ladyhawke did for me back in 2008---it manages to blur the lines between arty-smarty pop and mainstream simplicity. The Aussie former punk rocker after years of self-releasing Hip-Hop inspired EP's and making demos in her room, has mutated her sound as she successfully welcomes you into the so-called 'indie pop' movement without making you feel excluded or like you must don Wayfarers and a pensive expression. It's packed with synth-pop sensibility that is pink frosted and ready to take a trek in the shopping mall with Andie and Duckie at your side, Orange Julius optional. Literally CatCall is on her 80's synth-pop game to the point where you may double-check the date and see if it actually was recorded in 2012 (it is)---and if you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that that kind of vintage wallop appeases me to no end.

For me it all began with "Satellites". You can cuddle into the pocket of groove n' guitars CatCall has crafted. It's really delicious.

Don't stop the basslines in "Swimming Pool" are quite Duran Duran-esque, and "Art Star" does a sweet job of being bratty this side of a Vanity 6 song.

...but don't stop there either, as "Shoulda Been", "Paralsyed", and current single,"The World Is Ours" (which has a video that educe some good ol' Toni Basil vibes) aren't to be skipped over---okay, you got it now, the whole album is pretty darn sweet and truly the dose of uptempo I've been hankering for as apparently 2012 in Pop is the year of syrupy uninspired ballads (see Emeli Sande and Paloma Faith). CatCall wins with The Warmest Place as it brings back the inhibition of effortless Pop music---and I'll always stand up and cheer for that.

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