Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Track Of The Day :: D. Gondry - Cat's Claw (feat. MURF)

Words: Linn Branson

Sometimes you go with the flow and put up the tunes on an initial 'OK. This one passes' basis. Occasionally the flow comes to a halt, for the track is so good it gets extended plays and all else gets put to one side.

Dorset/London multi-instrumentalist/producer D.
Gondry's new single 'Cat's Claw' - out now on Gondry’s label, Cat From Japan - is so stunningly evocative when heard for the first time and not knowing what to expect.

It's not just the haunting opening lo-fi tones in the RnB tinged track, or the falsetto vocals from MURF (also involved in another Gondry project, Sulki), but when wrapped around both are some icy guitar work and Gondry's signature lo-fi pop production style, it places 'Cat's Claw' in a position outside of other works of a similar nature.

By eschewing synths and samples, Gondry creates his sounds by manipulating self-recorded guitar, drum and vocal takes in a style that resembles a cross between Madlib and Johnny Greenwood. It's a fascinating track.

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