Gypsy & The Cat – ‘Time to Wander’ (mp3)
This Melbourne duo have been passed around the international music press like sexually frustrated freshmans. There’s no need for me to dish out accolades; The Times, Guardian, NME, Popjustice and a whole back catalogue have already flooded them with love. Gypsy and the Cat are Lionel Towers & Xavier Bacash. Barely past 21, making music for only a year, started out in a garage, token ‘NBT’ dubbing, you know the drill.
You may recall their track ‘Jona Vark’ on the airwaves last year, and it was this track that caught the attention of many including support from Mark Ronson on his East Village radio show. These guys have swapped a modest Melbourne home studio for the shores of foggy London town, and are in the process of mixing their debut with David Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Rich Costey (Mew, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas).
They constantly get compared to Empire of the Sun, but Gypsy and the Cats’ sound has somewhat more of an endearing quality than the former’s over-slicked production values.
It’s part electro-pop euphoria, part Avatar-porno. If those palpitating beats and phantasmagorical harmonies don’t fling you over to a vivd cosmic-utopia filled with babes, blissful sounds and other organic substances, not much else will. Watch out.
July 29, 2010 3:30 pm
I saw Gypsy and the Cat play last night supporting Foals and I was embarrassed to be watching it. If you’re gonna get session musicians to play live with you, don’t get the 2 biggest stiffs you can find. It’s like a Christian rock version of Enya. Way too perfect and pretty and most definitely lacking in any degree of energy or innovation.
September 11, 2010 12:41 pm
what this Alex character is saying is entirely false. I saw them at Splendour. Nothing better than sitting on the hill, in the hot morning sun listening to summer tunes, while looking out into the beautiful Queensland landscape. Gypsy are one of THE best acts in Australian music at the moment. Just because they don’t need to shout like fucking douchebags between songs like the Philly J’s or whatever doesn’t mean they are stiff. They are nothing short of amazing and one of my highlights of the festival.
May 1, 2017 1:11 am
Man I love these guys. I can’t believe they are not releasing any new music. I’ve been to so many of their melbourne shows. I spent most of the night looking side of stage to Lionel Tower’s girlfriend. Probably the hottest female I’ve seen yet. Best original music to come out of melbourne. They will be missed.