Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers of Gypsy & The Cat have changed direction slightly with their second release, The Late Blue. Self-described by Towers as ‘summery’; The Late Blue is a sure crowd pleaser.
Bloom has a catchy as hell bass line and a riff that lends itself to Pictures of You by The Cure. The repeated gasp and the duo’s easy-listening lyrics definitely highlights the 80s but there is enough of Gypsy & The Cat’s signature vocals in there to keep the song sounding like their own.
Broken Kites is what you would expect if James Mercer (The Shins) and Gorillaz ever collaborated. You’re not sure if you should sway or mosh to this hit track. It’s a third guitar, synths and dreamscape ballads, which Gypsy & The Cat is known for.
Yes, synths and dreamy bass lines are what the duo does effortlessly well and it’s evident in It’s A Fine Line. The reverb of both the vocals and the guitar makes it spooky and psychedelic and we’re lapping it up.
High pitch vocals, busy percussion and parlour keys make their released single Sorry a song destined for festivals and airwaves. It has pop hit written all over it.
There are the gentler moments on the album, such as Soul and When Micky Came In that are mostly slow tempo vocals and keys. You can easily see these tracks fitting into any American bar in the 70s, cue the bartender with a fro and flare jeans. It’s Disco but taken down a few notches.
The voices of Bacash and Towers can ascend and bellow depending on what each song needs. There is enough dance tracks on The Late Blue to get you through Spring, Summer and the horrible comedown we all experience once the confetti has well and truly fallen.