Friday 25 December 2015

Get Me Free #122: Cat Clyde - Mama Said

Article by KevW

Part two of our festive giveaway comes courtesy of Cat Clyde, a new artist from London, Ontario who released her album 'Ivory Castanets' at the end of November. Her mission statement is to breathe life into the classic sounds of yesteryear, taking on slide guitar, piano and an excellent vocal style. She's recorded cover versions before (you can find her take on Patsy Cline's 'Crazy on SoundCloud), but the ten songs on her debut more than hold their own, mixing country, rock, folk, indie and old-school pop and singer-songwriter fare.

Single 'Mama Said' brings in that slide guitar right from the start and hauls a shed load of atmosphere in with it. This is mellow, relaxed and spacious, allowing Clyde's vocal to take centre stage, and you'd have to say that's where it belongs. The backing may be a little bare, but that only makes things better, because the main instrument here is that voice which flutters around giving texture to the song and a distinct individuality. The guitar solo is a nice touch too, and proves that you don't need string sections and lush production to make a powerful and compelling tune.

Cat Clyde's website

Buy: 'Ivory Castanets'

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