"It's really something," I said. : Cathedrals Cathedrals EP Reviewed
"Every song's a hit!" is normally a sentiment reserved for mega-pop star releases, like a Katy Perry record, in which, regardless of merit, half the songs will end up being singles. But such a sentiment seems particularly accurate when listening to the self-titled debut EP of San Fransisco synth-poppers Cathedrals. Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin have slowly been releasing the five songs that comprise the Cathedrals EP on Soundcloud over the past few month, and each track has amassed a huge play count while sending the blogosphere into a tissy.
These kids seemed poised for a breakthrough. If you haven't heard their music yet, welcome to the party.
CATHEDRALS "OOO AAA"
When the Cathedrals EP had finished, a mere twenty minutes and forty-five seconds after it had begun, I found myself feeling a bit down. I'd liken the feeling to one a child gets when their new friend is unceremoniously dashed away by parents heading out the door.
"Wait, why are you leaving? I WAS ENJOYING THIS!?!?!?!"
In a very short matter of time Cathedrals manage to pull off something every artist strives for: they leave you wanting more.
Cathedrals, whom I have to imagine were named after the classic Raymond Carver short story, craft synth-pop that errs on the side of down-tempo. The band they most resemble is label-mates MS MR, although they're more brooding than Neon Gold founder Lizzy Plapinger's outfit. There is also a heavy-dose of hip hop infused production, which separates them from most acts who would be considered their contemporaries.
Whether you want pop anthems like "Want My Love" and "Harlem," or darker cuts like "OOO AAA" and "In the Dark," this EP has got you covered.
Cathedrals EP is out now via Neon Gold. Pick up a physical or digital copy here.
As for me, I'm going to keep on streaming this one until I've finally had my fill of it. I don't see that coming anytime soon.
CATHEDRALS "WANT MY LOVE"
p.s. Lest you think these cats are a one-trick pony, hear the stunningly beautiful, stripped-down version of "Want My Love" below:
CATHEDRALS "WANT MY LOVE (ACOUSTIC)"
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