Thursday, February 5, 2015

REVIEW: Tigercats - Mysteries

Mysteries is one of those great little musical discoveries.  These songs stick to all parts of your brain like Dr. Seuss' Oobleck, and refuse to leave.  To be fair, you probably won't be trying very hard to get rid of them.  As is the case with the best indie pop, the harmonies are catchy and soothing, and the gentle hooks painlessly invade your psyche.  But Tigercats have accomplished a bit more than that.  The tunes are intelligent and deceptively complex and lush, with shimmering instrumentation, but still bursting with energy and joy.  It is easier to love a pop song if the musicians can convince you that they really love the song too, and Tigercats manage that on all ten tracks here.  For me, the best tracks are "Junior Champion", the shimmering "Laura and Cesar", "Sleeping in the Backseat", the quirky "Too Sad to Tell You", and "Wheezer".  But every track gives you something fun to explore: "King of Vic" and "Call Me If You Need Me" are positively danceable, "Globe Town" has multiple chapters to experience.

If you are somewhere where the sun is shinning, this album will reinforce your mood.  If you are somewhere where it is cold and raining, this is a prescription for a better mood, trimmer figure, better skin, and happier life.  Trust me.

Mysteries is out now via Fortuna POP! on vinyl with a digital download or CD.

Tigercats are from east London.  The members are Duncan Barrett (vocals/guitar/songwriting), Giles Barrett (bass), Laura Kovic (vocals/keys), Jonny Evans (drums) and new guitarist Paul Rains from Allo Darlin'.  Terry Edwards from Gallon Drunk and Tindersticks supplied the horns for several tracks.

Fortuna POP!

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