The Native Cats – “Soft Chambers”

Tasmania’s best kept secret Native Cats have gone off the radar for a piece but are now storming back with an album for enclave of taste R.I.P. Society. This taste off of their upcoming John Sharp Toro boils down post-punk aloofness to its oddly itching core. Hung on a bass lope that’s purely pining for Young Marble Giants territory and stretching the arc between the stately strains of ’80s UK pop befitting the c86 school and the ramshackle notions of Beat Happening, the song feels like it shouldn’t come close to working, but here we are. Despite dipping its toes in so many puddles the song comes out dry and dashing, a gorgeous mash of impulses that’s lonesome and proud and absolutely engrossing.




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