There’s always a danger affiliating yourself with something so obviously of it’s time. Of course, cats are far from new, but when you look back over the past 12 months, they’ve come to define the musical landscape almost as much as the gritty lo-fi recordings, declining sales and the return of the 80’s style synth. Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast is largely to blame, her cat Snacks famously featuring on the Best Coast and Wavves album covers, whilst Klaxons washed away Nu Rave with their own moggy in a spacesuit.
Newcastle’s Waskerly Way somehow manages to combine a love of the definitive pet of 2010 with a clear admiration of the sound of 2009 in chillwave, and comes out of it sounding like he might be the biggest movers of the next year. Whilst the titles largely focus on the feline (Cat Alert, Space Cat, Nerd Cat, Return of the Space Cat and the gloriously football themed Cattermole all feature), the tracks themselves take everything Neon Indian and the like did last year and adds a atmosphere whilst dropping the vocals even further into the background and harbouring the love of a big beat. Somewhere, Washed Out must be sat weeping, because someone has gone and made his ultimate sophomore record – mature, confident and a clear step up from it’s cousins of yesteryear.