|Cadence Delicate – ‘Sa’ (Self Released)|
|Written by David Whistance|
|Saturday, 06 February 2010 09:45|
As I placed this debut disc from Cadence Delicate into my CD player and first heard the string orchestra 'Prelude', quickly heading into the frantic complex rock number that is 'Pars Os Obencoados', the first thing I thought was, just how eccentrically British it all sounded. With what can only be described as a 'curious' selection of musical styles that on paper shouldn't work crammed into the eighteen tracks that go to make up 'Sa'. It was only later that I actually discovered that these art rockers actually come from Kent, Ohio in the USA, leaving me feeling somewhat dumfounded.
I honestly can't think of another time that I've been so confused whilst listening to an album, well not since I purchased 'Stop Thinking' by Clam Abuse anyway. That was an equally schizophrenic affair that I never did quite decide was either musical genius or absolute babble.
So to Cadence Delicate and 'Sa'; now there are definitely moments of brilliance throughout this album but these are normally followed by equal moments of "What the Fuck?" There are an incredible range of musical genres featured on this album, an album encompassing styles as varied as Indian mantras, jazz, progressive rock, samba, experimental world music, classical and, let's not forget, metal.
The question that underpins all of this commendable experimentation though has to be "does it actually work?"
And this question I still couldn't really give a straight answer to after repeated listens to 'Sa'. If you are willing to expand your mind and musical tastes and just sit back and enjoy the experience, then you will certainly be taken on a bizarre musical journey. Listen to the jazz odyssey of 'Flowers And Stones' and you can almost envision yourself sat in a smokey club, a herbal cigarette in your hand whilst all around you a freestyle dance troupe parades their wares.
If your idea of culture is spending the day at a Tracey Emin exhibition at the Tate Modern, followed by an evening spent listening to some aggressive/progressive art rock at a student bar, then you will probably love this. If however your cultural tastes tend to be a little less complex with music that you can tap your foot to whilst admiring a poster of a female tennis player scratching her bare arse, then this may not be for you.
Whilst on the one hand 'Sa' is an album that features some fantastic rock numbers as 'Karma Mosiac', 'The Arsonist Underwear' and 'Make Me A Liar', there are far too many unnecessary interludes that distract the listener from the overall flow of the album, such as the Indian mantra of '4.05am', and the classical overindulgence of 'Guitar Suite' which both lose any momentum the band may have gained in abundance.
But I should also make it clear that this is nowhere near what I would call a bad album and praise should be given to the excellent vocal talents of Ignatius Catania who possesses a vocal range that spreads from death metal growl to rock histrionics. If Cadence Delicate concentrated on the rock numbers, landed themselves a major label production budget, then I believe that resulting album would sit comfortably on my shelf alongside such established artists as The Mars Volta, Butthole Surfers even the mighty Tool. And as a live spectacle, featuring an array of visual aids, I could imagine this music would be quite fitting and something of a joy to behold, but at the moment with this audio experience the only thing to measure them by, there are just far too many moments that make me reach for the skip button like my life depended on it.
'Sa' is most definitely an album that will provoke opinions, which I can only say is intended as being a compliment.
So, if this review has connected with your own tastes in music then you are probably searching the internet as we speak to grab hold of your own copy, if not then I still suggest you check out the band's website and open your mind to Cadence Delicate you just may be pleasantly surprised.