CD REVIEW: Blue Cast Catalyst
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Blue Cast Catalyst
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative, Chill, Dub, Power Pop
Sounds Like: Panda Bear, Massive Attack, Moby
Technical Grade: 7/10
Weakness: Winded Songs, Overly Synthetic, One Dimensional Sound.
New York’s own Blue Cast Catalyst releases their latest CD entitled As Bright as Day in 2011. The band consists of 2 core members Adam Trull & John Deming.
The CD kicks things off with “Last Words” a warm & inviting intro piece that delivers dynamic synthetic rhythm against mesmerizing vocals, piano, horn section, built on a rich sonic foundation that peaks & valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Hole in the Ground” shifts gears a bit with mesmerizing intro, eventually lending itself to catchy Electronica piece delivering inviting moog bass, sizzling solo guitar pyrotechnics against thought-provoking lyrical content. Track 3 “Sold Your Soul” delivers yet another impressive track with its methodical intro, eventually lending itself into an impressive heart felt ballad with an amazing finale. The CD makes a good first impression delivering 3 compelling tracks in a row. This music is rather hard to pigeonhole. I would classify this music as Alternative Electronica with brief splashes of Power Pop, chill, dub, & even Melodic Pop. Despite this it's quite amazing how refined BCC’s sound is. I especially like the theatrical element of this production - very dynamic, progressive, & melodic. Note for note, song for song it will definitely keep you entertained lifting your spirits without even trying. The CD flows extremely well song to song & note for note. There are also lush layers of melodic instrumentation, lush harmonies & original sonic touches sprinkled everywhere. This is the strong suit of this production & its obvious BCC has put allot of time crafting this production. Clearly these 2 are capable composers & the vocals fit this style of music perfectly – passionate, heartfelt & warm. From grooving “Eternal” to hypnotic “ Floating In Disorientation” to upbeat “ MBM” to striking “The Screaming Whispers” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “St. Patrick” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. It’s fair to say a few pieces take too long to develop or end with their extended intro & outros. At times the CD sounds extremely synthetic & sonic - lacking strong musical depth & texture. I would wager BCC recorded this whole CD's with nothing more a PC, & Program & a microphone. World class CD's of this genera make an extra effort inserting more live segments into the mix. BBC was going in the right direction adding hors, & solo guitar into the line-up - but it's safe to say more instrumentation is needed to give this CD a 10 start rating. Due to lack of musical depth the CD sounds extremely one dimensional with a musical foundation built on a house of cards
From start to finish Dichotomy by Blue Cast Catalyst is a strong musical statement. The music is highly melodic, polished & packed with powerful emotions & passion. The writing creativity of these 2 is clearly a force to reckoned with. It would be wise to keep a watchful eye on them.