Less is more, they say. That’s a bit of a cliché I know but as a wise man once said, it is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Hang on, let’s start again.
Often a piece of music can be most effective by not driving the point too hard but instead by letting hints, suggestion and less tangible elements enter the listeners consciousness via osmosis and then make them join the dots. And this is exactly what Catriona Rose manages to do with the interestingly titled first single Snake in The Moshpit. The acoustic folk influences sit central to the listening experience but it is what is going on between the notes, below the lyrics and behind the top line of the song that enchants the listener. A melancholic tone, an arabesque resonance and a gypsy jazz soul hang smoke-like behind the minimal guitar, plucking at heartstrings and pulling memories of beauty, loss and longing from the subconscious.
It is the sound track of fatal attraction, heartbreak and reflection but far from being brooding and dour, is as nourishing and vital to the soul as even the most vibrant music can be. You just have to surrender to its charms and let it wash over you.