Cathy Davey

In this week’s edition of TLMT’s song-of-the-week feature The Mixed-Tape we turn our attention to Cathy Davey and her brand new single ‘The Pattern’.

It’s been quite some time since we last delved into the deep dark woods that is Cathy Davey’s music. While Davey’s first single in almost six years is a welcome return to this soundscape, it also serves as a departure. Things have changed.

Offset by Davey’s tip-toed vocal, ‘The Pattern’ is possibly one of the artist’s most rhythmically aggressive tracks. Moving from a persistent synth pulse to a bone-rattling beat dominates the production as soon as it makes its presence felt about midway through. The upward motion of the track works to make the music all the more brooding, especially when juxtaposed with Davey’s voice.

At four minutes long ‘The Pattern’ is a mini epic. The song is constantly changing, and although there is a definite hook to the chorus (something Davey has always had a flair for) the songwriting ensures that we are in a very definite place sonically from where we began by the time we reach the end.

And so it goes, Cathy Davey has returned. Much will be made of time it has taken to get here, but time seems to be the point of it all. “Where is my time? where is my time?” asks Davey in the opening moments, and right now seems as good a time as any to re-emerge.

Click below to watch the music video for TLMT’s song-of-the week ‘The Pattern’ by Cathy Davey.

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Stephen White

The Last Mixed Tape: Irish-indie blog run by music critic Stephen White.

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