A Place Both Wonderful And Strange – “The City Smells Like Cat Spit” EP Review (electronic/post-punk)

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The City Smells Like Cat Spit EP

Elegant and whimsical but dark and uncomfortable at times…”occult electronic” and “doom gaze” are perhaps the terms closest to being appropriate for the Brooklyn duo, A Place Both Wonderful And Strange.

After a successful East Coast/Midwest tour, the band releases their new digital-only EP, The City Smells Like Cat Spit on August 24.  The EP features one original track, “Kristae” and 3 re-worked live & studio tracks, “W*tch (Mevius Tour Version),” “Stone (Version),” and “Hex And The City (Resonata Remix).”  

“Kristae” is a deeply haunting cut that evokes the image of a ghost-guided dusty LP, perhaps something out of Moby’s worst nightmare.  The standout track for us is “W*tch (Mevius Tour Version).”  Musically haunting in the backdrop but guided by the heavenly vocals of Laura.  “Stone” starts off with a cinematic female spoken narration and then moves to a whimsically-nuanced, fluid and moving track that ends before you know it or want it to.  “Hex And the City (Resonata Remix)” is a bit of a layered, complex version of the song showing the band’s unique mix of electronica and trip-hop.

“Wonderful” and “Strange” they are indeed.  But the band is much more than that.  They are simply one of the most original, un-classifiable electronic bands out there right now.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.  For now, The City Smells Like Cat Spit is a perfect blend of electronica, darkwave and post-punk and then some….

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