Interview With Catherine A.D.
AS BRIGHT AS IT EVER GETS IN THE COOL SHADE AND PLEASING BREEZE OF ARTISTIC AWESOMENESS
Ladies and gentlefolk this is Catherine A.D – chanteuse, multi-instrumentalist and clearly a keeper. As these photos will attest, she’s one of our best pupils. Not only did she answer all her exam questions with considerable aplomb, contemplation, honesty and expression, but she also brought in a digital apple for teacher and completed her homework on time.
Catherine’s voice is the first thing you’ll notice when you listen to her (via this downloadable Hurts cover of Better Than Love she’s given us). It’s thick like treacle and surreally ethereal with it. It broods like PJ Harvey, with the kookiness of Kate Bush, the spookiness of a lunar eclipse in Whitby, and the swooning folk foundations of Tori Amos at her most distressed. She is charmingly dark, much like the antipodean object of her affections (we don’t think her Nick Cave obsession is quite at the arrestable stage just yet, though these photos may yet show up as evidence in a stalking trial) and has a similar bent for all things noir.
This is crucial listening. With the Sunday Times giving her the nod, Rough Trade selling her records and all manner of BIG endorsements being heaped upon her (we’re talking Courtney Love, Huw Stephens and Rob Da Bank singing her praises, and a recording session pencilled in with Bernard Butler) the future is looking bright for Catherine A.D. Or as bright as it ever gets in the cool shade and pleasing breeze of artistic awesomeness. Some bright spark is already calling it ‘gothspel’ on account of its twisted, dark and dramatic edginess. We’ll buy that. You should too.