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Cathryn Gamble
Madness Opaque

Cathryn Gamble is pretty special. Her debut sees her singing strangely but expressively. Her songs are strong.

"Kooky Clean" is triggered by odd noises and a simple melody. It's short like all the other songs, but it makes an impact. "Little Fishes" sounds like it was recorded in a basement. The vocals are oddly distorted and the bursts of guitar sound like they come from the other room. That's as lo-fi as it gets. "Scarlet Winter" is pretty but very spooky. Gamble sounds haunted by her personal ghosts. "Lioness" is a also stripped-down but affecting as Gamble sings of the animal in question.

This is a very nice debut and it seems to inhabit its own universe.

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