Cat Sized Panda-We Will See You Now.

22 09 2012

 

 

Remember, remember the 12th November- as it is my birthday. It is also Charles Manson’s birthday. On a happier note, it is the day Cat Sized Panda’s record We Will See You Now comes out. You should buy it. I’m useless trying to sell anything to anyone. This would happen, Me: “Do you want to buy this?” Person: “No.” Me : “Alright then, as you were. I probably wouldn’t either. I’d shop elsewhere.” However, I am not like that when it comes to music. If I could poke and prod you (easy now) to make you buy Cat Sized Panda’s record, I would. Instead I am just going to tell you about it and hopefully you may listen to me (I know, I know) and invest in We Will See You Now.

I first wrote about CSP in June I think?! I was amazed at what I was hearing. You see, although I love music that is dark and full of strange and wonderful lyrics; I have a massive place in my heart reserved for the likes of Burial. I have no idea what genre he’s classed as, and to be honest- I don’t want to know. I hate defining music by genre. Music is an expression, it is a form of freedom therefore we shouldn’t define it. With CSP, you have to listen to him as you would listen to Burial. Night time. On a bus, or in your room. Alone or with scattered strangers. Darkness or flickering street lights. CSP makes the kind of music that makes you create a different life in your head.

As there are no lyrics, you are able to create stories in your head and the music is the soundtrack. Maybe this is just me, but I find this the perfect way to listen to CSP. He gives you free reign with his own creativity. I know lyrics are a big deal for me, but music like this is equally as beautiful. Like most situations in life; you don’t always need words. You can quote Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode for the full effect..

The Universe Stops When You Smile is EASILY my favourite on the record. The title alone was enough for me to know I’d fall in love with it. This isn’t a record where you fall in love with a person. No. This is a record that makes you create beautiful moments in your mind that you can fall in love with. The record just oozes purity, atmosphere and positive energy. To find any fault in it, well, you must be out of your mind.

I get annoyed slightly when people call their music “experimental” when all they’ve done is use a different guitar or something silly. They ignore the true essence of the meaning, making it redundant. CSP is a true experimental artist. He’s a rare one, and that alone makes you treasure his music even more. I usually write about records as I listen to them, sometimes skipping back to songs because certain parts blow my mind. I listened to We Will See You Now in full before I wrote anything down because this is the kind of music that requires ALL of your devotion, time and attention. You cannot have it on in the background, you cannot multi-task whilst listening to it. You truly have to devote yourself to listening to this record.

Most people are out getting vile and drunk on a Saturday night. I’m sat drinking tea and writing about one of the most ethereal and stunning records of the year.

I could quite happily sit here and write a thousand more words about how wonderful CSP and this record is, but you simply must buy this record on 12th November. This year has been pretty damn good for music, CSP is easily one of those reasons why.





Cat Sized Panda.

14 06 2012

 

If a band/singer has a strange name, I’ll probably love them. If they make music that also sounds a bit strange, I’ll love them even more. I don’t understand people who limit themselves to one genre of music. Do you have ANY idea on what you’re missing out on? Sometimes I really hate going to sleep because I just want to stay awake and find new music. To any bands that have a “YOUR SONG HAD 69408409 HITS AT 3AM” that was probably me. When I can’t sleep, that is what I do. I look for new music. I know I should be looking for a paid job (actually during the day, that is what I do..it causes me to hate myself so I wait for the evening so I can do this.) Finding new music or being sent new music makes me happy. When a band/singer emails me or something with their music, it makes me happy. And most think I’m miserable! (I’m not, I’ve just got an unfortunate face..like I’ve said many times before, I’m trying to change it.)

Alright, so some new music. Cat Sized Panda makes music that makes you feel like you are drifting. What you are drifting to- or even from is..well, I don’t know. That’s up to you. Start the journey the same as ever, but I cannot give you the destination kid. His music makes you feel weightless and spaced out. Do you want comparisons? I cannot give you one. But if you like Boards Of Canada and Burial, you should hopefully dig Cat Sized Panda. Like he said to me, “to be honest I find it difficult to place what I do into a specific genre.” And it is true, as I listen to the tracks on his bandcamp page I find it impossible to find where you’d place his music. This is a good thing, a bloody good thing. You see, when you listen to a piece of music and no part of you understands what it is- that’s when you know you’ve found something truly special. A lot of the music I listen to can probably be classed as “weird” but with Cat Sized Panda, I’d just call it beautiful.

Personally, I wouldn’t listen to his music whilst doing stuff such as putting the bins out or whatever. This is the kind of music you play on the night-bus or when you’re alone in your room just searching for some depth to whatever it maybe or when you just need to go for a walk and get outside of your own head for a while. Listen to it alone and through headphones.

A lot of bands will say “Oh this is experimental what we do.” GOOD. All music should be experimental so I won’t disrespect Cat Sized Panda by saying he’s experimental. I’m just going to say that this is exciting music. This is music that you need. This guy will get you through. There’s no words in his music, and as someone who is obsessed with lyrics- I find this to be equally as moving and heartfelt as I do towards a Morrissey song. You don’t always need words to reach hearts and make people listen.

Please please head over to his bandcamp page :  http://catsizedpanda.bandcamp.com/ and just enjoy.

My personal favourite so far is the Fallen EP. Bollocks to it..the man is a friggin’ genius!