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BOTW Review: Gypsy & the Cat – The Late Blue

The last few years seem to have churned out a lot of forgettable “and the” named bands who nearly made it, but didn’t quite. Luckily for Melbourne-based duo Gypsy & the Cat, their sophomore album, The Late Blue, shows that they deserve to join my list of actually good “and the” bands: a list that includes Noah and the Whale, Niki and the Dove, Floza and the Machine and a select few others.

Not long after Gypsy & the Cat finished supporting Kylie Minogue on her Aphrodite tour, their first album, Gilgamesh, was awarded a Gold Record. I know, who would have thought Kylie was into her dreamy indie electro-pop! Nevertheless, the “second album curse” as many would call it appeared inevitable, with such impressive credentials from the days of their first album; but it would seem that these cats laugh in the face of danger, match fire with fire, and fight yarn with yarn. The Late Blue manages to introduce new elements and influences into the band’s repertoire without alienating long-standing fans who once fell in love with their first album: a record filled with electrified ballads and a few upbeat singles – ‘Time to Wander‘, ‘Jona Vark‘ – not too dissimilar in sound to The Temper Trap.

I would be hesitant to say The Late Blue is a “step up” from their debut, Gilgamesh, as this would imply that their 2010 work was a step down. The Aussies’ second album sounds as if it’s been created with the mindset that after a pretty successful first album, they were able to be more fearless regarding what could be experimented with, to produce something with a little more grit and pizzazz… yes, I said it, pizzazz! Whereas many would have played the safe card following a debut album, in true MGMT Congratulations style – a comparison I’m sure that’s been made a million times for great second albums everywhere – G&tC have produced a bunch of songs sticking true to the unique sound we all loved and remember, but have injected a feeling of playfulness and fun that was much needed for their follow-up. Songs such as ‘Sorry‘ and ‘Only in December‘ showcase their new buoyant beats and basslines, whilst maintaining the fairly profound lyrics that resonated so strongly on the first album. The Late Blue is a must-listen for avid indie fans.

- George Palmer

Gypsy & the Cat’s ‘The Late Blue’ is out now in the UK via Alsatian. You can grab a copy here.

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