Posts Tagged ‘Catenary Wires’

The Catenary Wires – “Mirrorball”

The last time I saw Catenary Wires around these parts Rob and Amelia (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly) were creating clouded jangles that beat with a dark heart. Now, with a new album on the way from Shelflife (USA) / Skep Wax (UK), they’re embracing an ‘80s pop strain they might have avoided when they passed through that decade the first time around. Yet, with a propulsive pulse, muted horns, and a melancholy lump in their throat, they embrace the queasy swing of the disco lights and find a heartbeat of humanity underneath the glossy exterior of disposable pop across shared drinks. “Mirrorball” finds the pair exploring a couple connecting in unlikely circumstances, letting a themed bar night act as the backdrop for a more meaningful connection. The song carries a sense of hope and a slight wink at aging. Its not a night of legend, but sometimes love comes along in strange circumstances. The single is the first form the band’s upcoming Birling Gap.

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The Catenary Wires – “Tie Me To The Rails”

UK duo Catenary Wires give their take on duets that pull at Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood comparisons. If the elder duo were considerably darker, infusing their swooning songs with a murder ballad meatiness they might wind up in the same territory as Til The Morning, Catenary’s sophomore LP. “Tie Me To The Rails” probably best embodies this dynamic, brooding along the verses and breaking open with a faded sun’s rays on the unshakeable chorus. Add in the ominous melodica lines and this track starts to really weld itself to your starker consciousness. Both members have rather illustrious pasts if you’re a devout indie pop fan, having done time in Heavenly, Talulah Gosh, Tender Trap, and Marine Research. Though, those touchpoints do little to prepare the listener for Catenary’s less than twee approach. I highly recommend a spin through the video above, which finds the band on their finest footing.

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