Monday, June 29, 2015

Cattle - Somehow Hear Songs EP - 2015


This is the debut release (following a couple bandcamp-only singles) from a young, new shoegaze/dreampop band from Tokyo. This may only be an EP, but it packs quite a punch! These six songs fall on the powerful end of the shoegaze spectrum (think Pinkshinyultrablast or Ringo Deathstarr) - even when the band slows things down on the finale, "Birth", they never loosen their grip. The vocals are mostly female-sung (and what a sweet voice!), though there is some harmonization with the male singer. Also the lyrics are sung in English, but in fitting with the genre, they're blurred in with the music as just another piece of the tapestry of noisepop, so it's nearly impossible to tell. A very strong debut from a very promising band!

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