The wildness of Cat Valley, the bangers delivered by The Reytons and Damon Albarn’s genius creative mind are our selection for today’s reviews. Flashes.
FERAL – CAT VALLEY
With Dive Bar Fight Song, Cat Valley’s new record, Feral, is showing it all. The vocals come out bursting, the instruments are taking over the track, and the whole thing is a catchy garage tune. A musical uppercut. We’re shaken and the rest of the album is a lot softer. Manager, a troubling and fascinating take on the music industry, really hits the spot. Raspberry Jam, Last Year, Red Sea and Don’t Quit Your Gay Job is taking us into their day-to-day lives, where fun is found in hard times too. A band to follow.
KIDS OFF THE ESTATE – THE REYTONS
Clearly made for the stage, Kids Off The Estate is a record made of bangers, each one more powerful than the next. We note Mind the Gap and Broke Boys Cartel as our favourites. The Reytons are giving in the occasional ballad, often very moving (Shoebox) but the core and soul of this project is found in the abundance of spectacular riffs, mesmerizing beats and layers and depth coming from each track. Intimate and universal, it’s a piece of South Yorkshire that brights up the club like there’s no tomorrow. We want more!
THE NEARER THE FOUNTAIN, THE MORE PURE THE STREAM – DAMON ALBARN
Inspired by the magnificent landscape of Iceland, from their sobriety and purity, Damon Albarn is back, once more, with the sublime The Nearer The Fountain, The More Pure The Stream. If we had a taste of it a couple of weeks ago at The Globe, experiencing the studio version is something else. Celestial through the piano, rooted in Earth with the guitar, Albarn’s voice is the connection between these realms and, along with unexpected vibrations, rises the emotional levels high as we get to Daft Wader, Royal Morning Blue and the extraordinary Polaris. Vulnerable and intimate as much as strong and infinite, Albarn has a lot more to say. Amazing.
Dive Bar Fight Song – Cat Valley
Kids Off The Estate – The Reytons
Royal Morning Blue – Damon Albarn