The tenderness is brought in full with Comfort Cat & Friends’ joyous “Consumption”. Stylistically they run the gamut from a little bit of anti-folk’s punk attitude nestled with a kind sense of twee pop. Her voice truly brings the whole of the album together serving as the very backbone to it. Lyrics have a tremendous personal quality to them, for they skirt between the intimate and the joyous. Instruments here possess a certain lightness to them, for they seem to tap into the early spring ethos of growth. All of these songs do in fact grow and the buildups on them have a profoundly reassuring essence behind them.
Beat Happening proves to be a particular strong influence on their sound. Like that band, they keep it simple and emotionally direct. There is a simplicity that keeps the pieces very much grounded in the present. Going further out into the twee they offer a few nods to those lo-fi twee greats the Marine Girls. Arrangements attest to this unique sense of timelessness. Everything about the sound has a classic, timelessness to it. Melodies glows on throughout the whole of the album, serving as a perfect counterpoint to the journey of the lyrics.
“Animals” sets the tone for what follows, going on a wild adventure with the listener. One can almost sense the pouncing of small cute creatures throughout it. Wonderful strings and keys intertwine on “53”. Passion pours out of the energetic “The Old Days”. The multi-faceted “Free Bleeding” has a 70s jaunty spirit to it, courtesy of the wonderful keyboard work. Her voice has a great passion to it on the expansive “Everyone Leaves”. Nimble dexterous guitar and piano play off each other on the intimacy of “Joshua”, where lyrics have a sharpness to them, making it one of the highlights.
The colorful arrangement of “Leaves” has an autumnal quality to it, for it takes its time to unfurl in full. “Worms” has a thoughtfulness to it, as the song takes its time with the wonderful patience. Graceful little flourishes filter into the mix on the spirited “I am married to the rain”. “Without My Beep Beep” they allow a bit of a true childlike wonder into the proceedings, as the song has a deliriously happy attitude. Honky-tonk emerges on the soulful “Seagulls”, where there’s almost a Randy Newman quality to it. Neatly closing everything out is the hyperactive finale of “This”.
Comfort Cat & Friends delves into a bright beautiful world on the sun-drenched soothing spirit of “Consumption”.
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