Kitten - Cut it Out EP
Record Label: Atlantic
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012
In music, it's really pretty simple. If you have charisma and confidence/swagger, you can go pretty far. If you can marry confidence/swagger with sterling vocals, the chances of you finding success seem slim. Enter the latest example: Los Angeles' Kitten. Fronted by the pixie-like Cnloe Chaidez.
The Cut it Out EP opens with "Cut It Out," which pants and hisses with an airy exuberance that is nothing short of stunning. There's an accessible chorus to boot and with a running time of three minutes, it's nothing the common man can't sit down with and dive into. The urgent and jittery "Japanese Eyes," takes a punchy and caustic look at image and race and ties it in with a jaded look at first love. The band's first single is the indelible "G#," which has a veneer that is enveloping, hypnotic and nothing short of transcendent. That it has a whale of a chorus and Chloe's best vocals to date help make it the the definite standout track on this EP.
The pulsating "Sugar," opens with the line "I tried to kill you last night in my dreams," and paints a morbid picture of a doomed love. Kitten's penultimate offering is "Junk," a rattling and ringing affair that does little to disappoint. The EP ends with "Christina," arguably the band's strongest song to date and a near-epic (it logs in at six minutes) it revisits all the heights and swells of the earlier five but goes far something far more poignant and deeper.
When discussing the music of Kitten, the most immediate reference people like to throw around is Yeah Yeah Yeah and Karen O.'s undeniable charm. But with Gavin MacKillop's air-tight production, a better reference is probably Garbage and the sonic terrain that Shirley Manson has painted with the Milwaukee band. Regardless of who you compare them to, let this be known. Kitten made a splash with their 2010 debut EP Sunday School and continue that momentum with the Cut it Out EP. With a vocalist wise beyond her years and an accessible sound loaded with charisma and swagger, there's little reason to think the band won't make a dent in the overcrowded Los Angeles music scene. Once they've conquered California, there should be no sign of stopping this veritable powerhouse from slowing down.