Folks-pop music with a wealthy tapestry of sounds reaches for the sky.
Hailing from Teeside, Cattle & Cane have constructed a stable repute of their house territory of northeast England. That’s based mostly on a number of sell-out performances and three albums they launched themselves, in addition to a mini assortment of covers. Their new album ‘Golden’ can solely strengthen the band’s ties with followers. That stated, it’s not clear if it is a breakthrough second. Is that this sufficient for Cattle & Cane to go from revered native band to a nationwide and even worldwide act?
‘Golden’ actually hits a lot of the proper notes. It has a wealthy pop sound, a mixture of lush instrumental preparations joined to the harmonies of siblings Helen and Joe Hammill. The Hammills are the mounted level of Cattle & Cane, along with a shifting group of musicians who be part of them on tour and within the studio. It was produced by long-time collaborator and the band’s stay bassist, Luke Elgie, and blended by engineers Mike Butler and John Martindale, with contributions from session musicians together with Thomas Frip, Liam Fender, Ada Francis, and Harry Fausing Smith. The results of this collective effort is a smorgasbord of sounds. There are moments within the album the place they sound just like the Weepies; then the Kennedys. The sample is of household duets, although in contrast to the Weepies or Kennedys, the Hammills are associated by delivery, not marriage.
‘Golden’ retains to the trail set by Cattle & Cane’s earlier album, ‘Navigator‘. It has been described as influenced by “American West Coast pop of the seventies,” which provides it a feelgood vibe. As that AUK evaluation famous, there’s a manifest contradiction in that album– a pop sound coupled with Joe Hammill’s considerably darkish lyrics. This continues in ‘Golden’. Its theme is relationships and the darkness which comes from the honesty with which the problem is addressed. As Joe says, it’s about “the insecurities, the complexities, and the hope contained inside” relationships. Whereas the songs are paying homage to pop hits about younger love they’re actually about adults and each the enjoyment and the ache that occurs after they come collectively and drift aside.
The album opens with ‘Golden’, a tune with orchestral sound that celebrates the lightening cost of affection. Like different songs on the file, its lyrics have a little bit of the nonsensical attraction of English phrases on a Japanese t-shirt: “After I’m dying in Yzorgama And there’s a phone I’ll see you in the identical gentle.” The following tune ‘IOU’ may very well be an amazing blues quantity with lyrics like “after some deliberation/ From the whiskey dilation/ I owe you an evidence/ ‘Trigger no excuse is the signal/ Straight up on the river With out contemplation.” But it surely has an nearly oriental sound like Peggy Lee’s ‘Siamese Cat Track’. Many of the different songs discover relationships from completely different views, together with damaged hearts and the sheer rollercoaster of romance.
General, it is a well-crafted providing however the juxtaposition of a layered pop sound with lyrics about love’s arduous actuality is probably not sufficient to take ‘Golden’ platinum.