Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, The Nameless (2010)
Vocally Cerys Matthews (of Catatonia), possibly Stina Nordenstam (again, vocally. There's at least one interview where she named Stina's voice as an influence.)
Definitely worth checking out—she's got some wonderfully great, catchy, and quite original songs. (lotterose @ gmail . com)
Recommended first album:
Tales of Silversleeve blows her debut out of the water, so I'd say it. (lotterose @ gmail . com)
Wide in UK
Cathy Davey—lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, drums, keyboard, piano, honk horn, kazoo, claps, kalimba, farisa and pedals
Simon Jones—backing vocals, bass guitar, guitar, percussion, claps, mini-fan (12)
Ben Hillier, Cathy Davey (6)
A decent debut album—a few forgettable songs, but the rest make up for them. Standouts include "Trade Secret", "Old Man Rain", and the two jazz-tinged tracks here, "Swing It" and "Go Make It". (lotterose @ gmail . com)
Wide in UK
Cathy Davey—vocals (all), guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11), drums (2, 5, 8), percussion (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10), piano (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9), farfisa (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), moog (5), marimba (4), bass (2, 8, 9), kazoo (11), keys (9, 11)
Simon Jones—bass (1, 4, 5, 6, 10)
Cathy Davey, Liam Howe, Stephen Street (1)
One of my top albums of 2007. This is what pop is supposed to be like—confident, but has actual lyrics and personality to go with the hooks. Cathy and often quirky. The first half or so of the album has the more immediate material, and the second half has songs with definite jazz/cabaret influences ('No Heart Today', 'Can't Help It', the 60s-style 'Rubbish Ocean'). They're both excellent, and her vocals have really solidified. I'm still not tired of this even after listening to it near nonstop for the past few weeks. (lotterose @ gmail . com)
Thanks to lotterose @ gmail . com for work on this entry.
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