Mr.Kitty: Life

Mr.Kitty

Like a knowing soundtrack to every aspect of its title, Life the new album from US musician Mr.Kitty is a canvas for reflection, emotive dance, and drifts into diverse enveloping feelings inspired by its elegant and beautifully sculpted beauty. The most complete and rounded release from the Dallas based artist to date, the fifteen track album is a rich and smouldering wash of electronic pop and new wave adventure, an album to ignite the senses and invite the passions into a long and ardour fuelled companionship.

Mr.Kitty is Forrest Carney, who takes his inspirations from an eclectic array of artists such as Joy Division, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Crystal Castles, Pictureplane, and Grimes. His music employs numerous flavours and textures in addition to the basic tag we previously mentioned, elements of eighties post punk, gothic emotiveness, and electro ambience all playing their part in the depth and distinct characters of sound and individual songs. Released with Engraved Ritual, Life is the fourth album from Mr.Kitty, and part of a four album series consisting of two “light” and two “dark” albums, this drawing on the lighter shade of his imagination, though it is not without its rich and mesmeric shadows.

From opening song Insects, the album as well as seducing the ear and senses provides a visual backdrop to its songs in its coveratmospheric narratives and colour soaked expressive breath. Evocative and with lush emotional hues, Life provides the paint box and aural paper for the listener to explore their own dark corners and heart bred thoughts as well as those offered by and of the artists himself. Insects is an immediate medium to ignite those interactive qualities, its animated stroll and pulsating rhythmic veining an absorbing lure with the crystalline electro oscillation alongside another mesmeric suasion. The vocals of Mr.Kitty soon caress the ear with a sultry lure to their soothing texture, the artist a constant tempter across every song with his impressive and expressive delivery. The eighties inspiration is open within song and album though only another breeze to the refreshing wind wrapping the listener from the very first minute.

The impressive start is soon equalled by both Heaven and Unstable, the first cradling the senses with a choral kiss of angelic harmonies before heady rhythms and cantering melodic synth fascination emerges to explore the lofty heights already in place. The song bounds over thoughts and emotions with eagerness but a respectful energy that seduces the imagination and opens up its romance and that of its recipient. Like its predecessor it is virulently infectious, the roaming electronic atmosphere a spark to the simpler but no less effective and irresistible hooks and has thoughts in lustful expectations for its successors, something the darker but no less contagious Unstable feeds with poise and beauty. Across its provocative and slightly sinister embrace there is a Depeche Mode call to the veiled heart but again only a taste fused into something transparently contagious and unique.

Through the harsher touch of Sacrifice with its riveting and senses worrying intro and caustic intent, Holy Death where the vocals have a Dave Gahan lilt at times, and the excellent Labyrinth, the album continues to stretch the journey and venture into a wealth of emotions and thought taunting scenarios. The latter of the trio brings a Visage like melodic tonic to its glorious smouldering presence and though at times you want to sing “Fade To Grey” as the bulbous melodies suggest their source, the song is another striking highlight.

Those pinnacles just keep coming though as tracks such as the exceptional London, a song enjoying the added siren call of female vocals within its Pet Shop Boys like waltz, the stunning gothic cast Dearlove, and the intense Choke with its shadow fuelled drama, all explore imaginatively further impacting emotion lit pastures. With so many songs there are rare moments where some hold a similarity as they hold hands but it is rare and such the strength and potency of each and every one it is an ‘issue’ you are searching for just to offer up as a temper to the otherwise full acclaim it is hard not to place over Life.

As the closing Father provides the deepest emotive honesty of the album, the artist unafraid to venture where pain dwells, Life leaves a powerful and lingering imprint on mind and heart. It is an outstanding encounter that leaves no emotional stone unturned yet does so with a light and melodic energy which captures the passions. Mr.Kitty is destined to take electronic pop to new fields, Life the impossible to dismiss evidence.

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9/10

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Dying Spirit: Uncomfortable Silences

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It might not be a release to create earthquakes in the stability of already explored extreme metal but Uncomfortable Silences, the new album from Polish metallers Dying Spirit, is easily one of the more inspiring and invigorating releases to burst forth this year. The nine track release is a towering predator of inventive and intrusive intent but an album which kisses the damage caused with scintillating melodic and imaginative sonic temptation with is quite irresistible. As mentioned it is not breaking down boundaries but certainly lighting them up with a fresh and ravenous enterprise.

From Ujscie, Dying Spirit formed in 2004, going through a few line-up changes before releasing the demo Rebirth in 2006. The songs had an old school death metal core to their sound with a slight progressive breath which has evolved over the years to the multi-textured and flavoured blend of metal rampaging through the new album. Further changes in personnel followed before the band reached the stability of the current line-up and released debut album The Progress of the Regress in 2009. Well received and with the band gigging intensively at home and further afield, the quartet of founding member and guitarist Lukasz ‘Uhu’ Sowa, bassist Tomasz Wu, vocalist Dawid ‘Bochen’ Bochenski, and drummer Maciej ‘Twardy’ Twardowski, have now stepped things up musically, creatively, and in intensity for Uncomfortable Silences. The Mulligore Production released album is a brute of an encounter which looks set to make the band a worldwide presence such its force and expansive potent sounds. It is the key to greater things for Dying Spirit you can only suspect as the album chews the ear and beyond.

As soon as opener Invitation covers the ear in a vocal shout and crisp percussive enticement interest is eager but plain hungry dyingspirit_usonce a storm of caustic riffing, uncompromising rhythmic provocation, and tight sonic lashings stand over the senses and score them with incisive and enticing venom. The vocals of Bochenski squall with a guttural malevolence which is and proves across the whole album, as with the sounds, to be impressive and varied enough to constantly pull intrigue and captivation from thoughts and appetite. With a tonic of a groove searing air and the flesh of the ear from start to finish it is an impressive start to the album but one which is only the entrée to the intensive storm to come.

The following Tolerance opens with another blaze of rhythmic demands veined by a delicious waspish sonic groove. Into its stride the track darkens its presence with a throatier scowl across all aspects and its intensity to add stronger intimidation to the persistent scourge of contagious rapacious temptation and aggressive persuasion. The insidiously grooved enticement niggles and worms itself into the psyche so that once the song has concluded its business it is still working away at thoughts and passions, whilst the defined and elegant solo is icing on the consuming rabidity.

Through the torrential rain of riffs and rhythm craved barbarity thrusting the raptorial Hoax into the welcoming ear, the album continues to fire up the emerging rapture but it is You Write Your Own Story which seals the deal and confirms that Uncomfortable Silences is something special. Whereas its predecessor was the darkest primal confrontation this song wraps its serpentine maliciousness with a tirade of exhausting invention and imaginative intensity; grooves, infection driven riffs, and insatiable twists of melodic and sonic ingenuity a perpetual maelstrom of crushing fascination. Unpredictable and wholly magnetic, the track is a tempest of metallic incitement seeded from numerous styles and a scintillating cascade of unparalleled wondrous destructive alchemy.

The likes of the ruinous yet seductive System with its ingenious and corrosive evolution across at times a charm lit length, and the uncomfortable but alluring Great Expectations where again riffs and grooves find a stretch to build into a thrilling swarming provocateur within the burdensome and weighty gait of the song, provide another immense suasion to devour the album greedily. The same can be said of the closing pair of songs, Dokad Zmierzam and Distorted Choices, both of which leave senses and emotions a wasted and breathless victim as they carnally push the album to even darker forgotten corners of the soul. The first is a restrained but tornado like consumption sweeping the listener up into a black hole of emotive and creative viciousness whilst the closer preys on the carcass with fatigue offering voracity across its intensity and enterprise.

    Uncomfortable Silences is an exceptional album which bruises and rewards with passion and invention whilst marking Dying Spirit as a band with all the qualities and craft to become a leading instigator of extreme and imaginative metal.

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9/10

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James Younger – Feelin’ American

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Hailing from Manchester in the UK, James Younger is an artist which on the evidence of his debut album Feelin’ American we will be hearing a lot more of over the next few years. The eleven track release is a vibrant blend of pop and rock with a healthy smile and energetic swagger to its enterprise. There is also a familiarity to it which helps it offer an instant connection with thoughts and emotions but equally there is a distinct voice to the songs that sets them and the album apart from the rest.

According to info accompanying the release Younger grew up telling friends that he was descended from the outlaws of the American West so really it was no surprise aged 21 that he headed to the States. Hitchhiking across America he collated stories and experiences from all he met, the adventures and tales influencing his songs and lyrical narratives to come. Eventually the musician moved further north and set up ‘home’ in Canada, becoming part of the Vancouver music scene playing in locals bands such as The Zolas and Sun Wizard. Released via Light Organ Records, Feelin’ American is his introduction to the world and one which makes you want to hear and know more.

The bio of Younger’s Facebook profile simply lists artists who have influenced him across the years, the likes of Any Trouble, XTC,1044494_518684871519498_937416621_n Tom Petty, and The Cars, and as the Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) produced release toys with and excites the emotions certainly the last two of that quartet from many inspirations to him, are apparent especially vocally and how the songs lay eagerly on the ear. Their loud whispers soak numerous songs in their melodic and raw rock embrace to add extra spice to what are already flavoursome encounters, and immediately evident in the scintillating opener Monday Morning. From its first beat and note the song dances on the ear inspiring feet to replicate their keenness to move and stomp across the floor. There is a swing to the rhythmic gait of the track which is quite irresistible whilst Younger colours its surface with a jangly guitar enterprise and equally boisterous vocal and lyrical rock ‘n’ roll romp. With an infectious melodic hook which is epidemically tempting the track is the perfect start and announcement of Younger and his stylish sound.

The following Sleeping Alone drops into an even paced stroll of fresh and again catchy persuasion, this time with an Arctic Monkeys like lilt to the vocals and descriptive heart of the song. Once more the guitars have a great jangle to their sound whilst the rhythms thump along to raise the temperature of the sultry air already permeating another impressive song. It does not quite match its predecessor but easily unveils more of the varied enchanting songwriting and imagination of Younger to seduce the passions, as do the likes of the soon up Running Wild, a great blaze of addiction causing pop with an Elvis Costello feel to its potency and The Attractions spice to the bold colourful sound, especially the keys, and the country rock twanged Two of a Kind which also has a Costello scent to its smouldering heart and sizzling tones, though more from his Trust era.

Four songs in and to be honest Feelin’ American would be earning strong acclaim for its offering no matter what followed but as tracks like the Petty lilted We Are Lovers, the compelling Never Easy with its imaginative and sirenesque melodic caresses behind the roaming enterprise, and the quickstep shuffling Do It Again unload their epidemic of inventive and fascinating ideas and irresistible hooks only stronger ardour for the album is sparked. The last of the three has a Joe Jackson like charm to its vulnerability and refreshing hue which like many other songs is recognisable but only adding to the wealth of variety and pull from the release.

Every song on the album is instantly impressive, those mentioned and not, all leading the listener into a summer waltz of pop and rock mergence, which the closing What Comes After The Weekend ensures ends on another striking high just as the whole thing began. With a tropical saunter to its sultry fascination the song leaps and bounds over the emotions, grabbing them by the hand for an almost riotous party along the chorus and an evocative walk through the lyrical picture of the verse. It is a tremendous end to an equally pleasing album.

Throughout Feelin’ American the guitars play with the ear with skilled revelry whilst the bass is a deep inspiration alongside the punchy rhythms. Vocally Younger at times recalls others such as Joe Jacksonbut it adds to the picturesque fun and lure of the release. James Younger will make a strong mark ahead and it all starts with this treat.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 05/07/2013

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