Keyboard Cathy â€“ Sushi Lover / 2007 Self / 7 Tracks / http://www.keyboardcathy.com /
Keyboard Cathy began her career in the music industry after watching the impressive 2005 film adaptation of â€œThe Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxyâ€. 2006 saw the release of Keyboard Cathyâ€™s first album â€œInspirationâ€, and 2007 marks the release of Cathyâ€™s first EP, â€œSushi Loverâ€. Despite the fact that these albums are released at a breakneck speed, the skill and talent exhibited by Cathy on them far outstrips other individuals in this genre. This EP provides listeners with remixed and reworked versions of her cover of â€œSo Long and Thanks for All the Fishâ€, as well as â€œEternityâ€ and â€œGive A Little Moreâ€.
Of particular note to fans of Keyboard Cathy has to be the new track â€œMiracle Workerâ€, which puts forth the titular instrument in a very focal point, while the vocals of Cathy struggle with the keyboard for dominance. The instrumentation pushes forth the track, and the resulting sound has a very seventies / early eighties sound to it. Hints of â€œ2112â€-era Rush are present in the instrumentation, while Cathyâ€™s vocals have an equal percentage of Disney soundtrack and Olivia Newton-John. The track is a little on the long side, but there is enough in the way of variation in this track to keep individuals interested and listening. The classical style of singing is continued during the title track, but Keyboard Cathy throws a curveball in that there are a number of vocal layers to give the track a fuller sound than was achieved with â€œMiracle Workerâ€. Where most spoken parts in music flop miserably, the spoken parts of â€œSushi Loverâ€ succeed, reminding listeners of the musical version of Little Shop of Horrors.
â€œGive A Little Moreâ€ continues with the general trends present on this EP, but the inclusion of drums to the track provides a nice variation to the general formula used on the rest of the discâ€™s tracks. While the vocals during â€œGive A Little Moreâ€ still have the classical sound to them, Keyboard Cathyâ€™s vocals have more than a hint of a Cyndi Lauper to them. The style of music that is present on â€œSushi Loverâ€ is a little different than what is currently popular, but Cathyâ€™s attention to detail and interesting approaches taken make this EP into something special. Keep an eye on Keyboard Cathy; subsequent albums will only have her tighten up what is already a pretty impressive sound.
Top Track: Miracle Worker