It’s a huge privilege and a high point for WTSH to
be given this opportunity to premiere the very first solo effort by young
Portland, Oregon artist Cat
Hoch, a single titled “Look What You Found.”
Cat is in demand in Portland as a drummer and
vocalist and also plays guitar. Taking in the sum of high quality WTSH-friendly
projects she works with is a little overwhelming. Cat is a former member of
Tender Age, in which capacity she served as drummer and backing vocalist on WTSH
Bandcamp Track of the Day “Get High” and as backing vocalist on the band’s Anything/Mirrors
7". She caught our attention proper when she joined one
of WTSH’s favorite projects, Daydream
Machine, as backing vocalist (last year we premiered a DM video here).
She’s been providing drums for the beautifully wistful dream pop of Appendixes, another band beloved of
this blog (look for an Appendixes interview here soon). Cat also plays with Portland
psych-folk artist Jackson Boone
and contributes to the wondrous psychedelic explorations of Eternal
Cat is responsible for all bass, guitar, and
vocals on “Look What You Found.” In a somewhat surprising twist, the drumming
here comes from Riley Geare of internationally renowned indie psych outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra (you can
hear a single from their upcoming third full-length here).
Riley also provides synth and production on the track, which was mastered by Adam Gonsalves.
“Look What You Found” begins with a sinuous fuzz
guitar lead—this could almost be the opening of a track by The Brian Jonestown
Massacre—and transitions into fluidly dreamy territory as the exquisitely
arcing vocals commence. The most apt immediate comparison is probably Melody’s
Echo Chamber, while fans of Broadcast are likely to be captured as well. Cat
(whose last name is pronounced “hawk”) lists her influences as 90s hip hop,
ABBA, Britpop, Happy Mondays, and 70s/80s glam rock.
WTSH is thrilled to be premiering a track and an
artist of this level of quality. “Look What You Found” will soon appear on a four-song
EP of the same title—so you’ll be reading more about Cat Hoch here in the near
In the meantime, you can buy “Look What You Found”
for just a dollar here and check
out a pair of 2013 demos Cat just posted here.
BEING' is a collection of unreleased instrumentals & analogue
experiments by The KVB, recorded between London & Berlin in 2014. The
limited edition of 100 pro-dubbed C30 cassettes come with a free pin badge and
download of the compilation.
Released via The KVB’s own imprint FLESH TAPES & on sale exclusively here. UPDATE | March 3: The cassette is now sold out. In preparation for the vinyl edition, Mirror Being can no longer be streamed.
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