Australia - Full Moon 91 - 03/06/04
Pink & Blue & Green
It's difficult to resist the alluring whisper of
"blue aquamarine / swim under with me", especially in the midst of a sweltering February
coastal heat and so it is with Catnip's debut EP. This four-tracker from the Melbourne four-piece
will have you diving down deep, drinking in their cool lucid beauty.
Opener "Pink & Blue & Green" has a slow languid march about it with the stratospheric lap
steel/slide adding in no small way to the lush darkness. The bubble & hum of samples and effects,
most pronounced on "Lullaby" adds an enticing layer to the wunnerful underplay of vocalist Nerida
The abovementioned "Aquamarine" captures the sensuality of swimming in the cool blue stuff with
an intimate someone and falling under the spell of it all. Having spun this disc many times since
its arrival I still marvel at how Catnip have managed to nail it so damn perfectly. From the unhurried
percussion, light touch of effects and outstanding fretwork, they've set quite a high standard
for themselves. Impressive stuff.
Guitarist Richmond Brain puts in a stunning performance across all four songs. Displaying a
refined versatility similar to the jagged snaky echo of Michael Timmins, the fluidity of Lou Reed
and the steely late night blues of fellow Melbournian Matt Walker, Brain's fretwork is a highlight
of this outstanding release.
If you're a sucker, as I am, for music such as this (floating n' pulsing, dark n' sad without
being morose), direct all enquiries to Melbourne. With
Silver Ray and others releasing premium
cuts of aching fragility over the last year or so, there's something in the rarefied air of that
Catnip are currently in the studio recording their debut album. A very exciting piece o' news
for punters in possession of this gem. A beguiling little taster it is for future Catnip.
Copyright © 2004 Brian Stradbrook