Album: Cats On FireSaturday, 19th June, 2010 | No Comments »
Dealing in Antiques – For a Finnish band, they sure sound British.
Cats on Fire are a jangly indie group that have the authentic sound of something out of foggy London town in the 70’s, just like the antiques you’ll find on The Antiques Roadshow or any such antique show you’ll find on UK television. Dealing in Antiques is COF’s third full-length album and happens to be full of dusty treasures by the truck load. Despite the 20-track album being fresh off the press, it has a timeless quality that will sit nicely on your shelf, waiting patiently for you to pick it up again and make it spin in your player.
It’s perhaps not the flashiest album of the year, but it certainly has pleasant melodies and an overall great sound that can wonderfully fill in the space of your bedroom time or a gathering of friends with its full body of soft indie songs. Another special something about this album is that every track opens with a sound so different from the previous. Listen to the first four seconds of any song and you’ll find yourself wondering if it’s even the same band playing. Four seconds isn’t much but it’s still special. Don’t you tell it otherwise! Despite its overall wholesomeness, we can’t help but to mention a few tracks that lit our cigarettes for us and got our feet a-tappin’.
Opening track ‘Your Woman’ is a fantastic rendition of the White Town’s original about the longing of unreachable love and it makes you feel like corduroy when you listen to it. ‘Higher Ground’ is a wistful pop song and ‘Honey Your Baby’ has lead singer Mattias singing the word “heart” in a funny yet pleasing way.