Pitchfork Doesn’t ‘Get’ Catcall
News posted Friday, June 15 2012 at 04:00 PM.
A time capsule from a blank world.
This is how Pitchfork describes The Warmest Place, the long-awaited debut album by Sydney’s Catcall (aka Catherine Kelleher).
In a review published by the self-styled US tastemaker today (June 15), writer Lindsay Zoladz has slammed the album’s “refusal to do anything new with the reference points it wears on its sleeve”, conferring it a paltry 4.3. “The Warmest Place is so aughts-by-numbers,” wrote Zoladz, “that it already feels like a relic, frozen in a moment it can't quite transcend.”
While signaling out ‘Autumn’ from the 2008 Anniversary EP as one of few highlights, Zoladz took aim at – of all tracks – ‘Swimming Pool’. “But the worse offense is probably the face-palmingly literal ‘Swimming Pool’, on which the Euro-trash synth sunbursts are as awkwardly porny as the lyrics (‘Goosebumps all over/ Nipples harden’). If hell is an American Apparel, this song plays there on loop.”
Incidentally, the song was named as M+N’s Track of the Year for 2010, with Shaun Prescott describing it as “a rare species of pop music that doesn't press itself upon you. It bleeds and smears and evolves and gradually becomes alive”. Who to believe!
Out May 4 through The Ivy League, The Warmest Place has already been one of the most talked-about local releases of the year. In her glowing, “On Rotation” review of the album for M+N, Caitlin Welsh praised it as “heart-on-sleeve, ears-in-adolescence pop, where every tired pop trope has been fished from the dustbin and carefully reconstructed to remind you why you liked it so much when you were less cynical”.
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