When listening to Motherwhale, the words that come to mind are grandeur, ambition, extravagance; even pretentiousness. There's no doubting the fact that Cats and Cats and Cats like to create a sweeping, dramatic sound with as many instruments as possible, and they do so with obvious technical skill. Violins, mandolins, synths, horns, glockenspiel, an accordion and something that sounds like a singing saw can all be heard at some point contributing to the theatrical caterwaul, switching time signatures and darting in and out of each other with apparent ease. It sounds as though this album was created by a group of very well-trained music students who have been locked into a studio with a bunch of novels about pirates and some potent moonshine.
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