The Cat Empire is unlike any band I’ve encountered before. Their sound transcends multiple genres and it is hard to pinpoint exactly which category to place them in. This band has such a unique sound that they definitely step out of the musical genre boxes to give something new for listeners to experience.
Hailing from Australia, The Cat Empire is comprised of 6 members and they have been making music together for the better part of a decade. They’ve been a hit internationally as their last album Steal The Light, which was released in 2013, made the Top 20 list for six different countries. Their use of percussion, rich earthy vocals, keys, bass, decks, horns and drums is what sets them apart.
Rising With The Sun has so many different elements. There are mixtures of ska, jazz, reggae, electronica, rock and pop music within each of their songs. Each song gives you an opportunity to feel like you’ve been transported to another country as it pulls from various musical influences. “Midnight” made me feel like I was transported to Cuba or Argentina with its salsa and reggae beats. “Blasting Away” was one of my favorite tracks on Rising With The Sun. It has such a great beat, the lyrics are fun to sing along with and the lead singer, Harry Angus, and the trumpet paired perfectly. Other songs I enjoyed included the title track and “Creature.”
My only complaint is that the songs can get a little overwhelming and at times there was a little too much going on. I found myself getting lost in which song I was listening to as they were so different from one another you almost don’t know you are listening to the same band unless you are already familiar with them. But, the music was fun nonetheless.
While this style of music is not really for me, I can appreciate unique artistry when I hear it. This band has achieved combining, uniting, and integrating multiple cultures and music genres into single songs. I can appreciate their talent and the effort it must take to master and make various musical styling and instruments sound good together. Rising With The Sun offers fun music to dance to and have your DJ play at a party. This music will definitely get you moving. For you dancers and lovers of eclectic music, this album is definitely worth looking into! You can purchase the album or check out more about the band on their website, http://www.thecatempire.com/.
By Breanna Davis
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