It's been over 3 years since A Cat Called Cricket’s debut Here Comes Another Melody captivated fans and listeners with its “patchwork of uplifting melodies, driving cello rhythms and nifty groundbreaking folk-pop” (Smother.net
). After some lineup changes, changes of address, and a few other growing pains, Cricket seems to be all grown up.
On their latest endeavor, an EP entitled When Leaves Fall, the band captures raw emotions and frames them in rich, full production. While the band’s earlier songs were products of the basement, this time the recording was split between the musicians’ homes and the studio, resulting in a mixture of bedroom intimacy and big-studio sonic detail.
With When Leaves Fall, A Cat Called Cricket presents a tighter, more mature sound, but delivers it with the same passion the band has always displayed. Continuing to draw connections between nature and human nature, Alex Champagne’s lyrics draw you in and keep you warm like a campfire, with Amy Reid’s chilling backup vocals providing the perfect counterpoint. Piano, organ, and cello lines are woven into a blanket of lush beautiful melodies—familiar sounds and feelings from this band of merry-makers—but “When Leaves Fall” isn't as merry a release as we're used to. These songs are an intimate account of desire and disconnect, their somber mood standing apart from the band’s other work thus far.
But don’t expect A Cat Called Cricket to stay in one place for long. The band is already planning their next release: a louder and more upbeat set of songs that should surface in 2011.
released October 19, 2010
A Cat Called Cricket is:
Patty Blanchard - Cello
KB Blankson - Bass, Percussion
Alex Champagne - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion
Amy Reid - Piano, Organ, Vocals
Austin Stahl - Drums, Vocals
Mat Leffler-Shulman: guest drums on “Atlas”
Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman & Alex Champagne
Recorded at Mobtown Studios, Baltimore MD
Additional recording done at Scenic Route Recordings by Alex Champagne
Mixed by Mat and Alex
Mastered by TW Walsh
Additional handclaps by Emily Orrson and Vernon Brehon
Artwork made by Emily Cartlidge
Design by Austin Stahl
Over the years we have met a lot of great people, and have played with some very talented artists.
It is impossible to remember and thank all the deserving friends we have. Let's give it a shot!
Thank you so much to Mat, Emily & Lily Leffler-Schulman, Danielle Yurchinkonis, Mike Nestor,
Our Beechfields Brethren, the ever-so talented & beautiful Emily Cartlidge,
all of our friends and family, the city of Baltimore and most importantly...You the listener!
You are truly an inspiration.
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