Introducing Cadallaca

It's usually the point where everything goes wrong. A group of friends get together to write songs, even though they all actually belong to separate bands....

Introducing Cadallaca

7 / 10 IT'S USUALLY THE POINT WHERE EVERYTHING goes wrong. A group of friends get together to write songs, even though they all actually belong to separate bands. And so, what begins as one evening's entertainment soon leads to a record company meeting, despite only ever being fit for private enjoyment.







But then Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, The Crabs' Sarah Dougher and The Lookers' strangely named Sts together become even more gorgeous than the sum of their already respectable parts.







Largely based on stripped-down folk, their music dissolves seamlessly into brash soul or clattering rock, pared-down again almost before the switch is noticed. Vocals teeter between sweet and grating - one minute Juliana Hatfield, the next Dusty Springfield - as Corin and Sarah harmonise like choirgirls in 'Winter Storm '98', dodge crashing cymbals in 'June-n-July' and turn 'Night Vandals' into a creepy piece of black humour. It retains the rough, minimalist principle of an unplanned get-together, but Cadallaca's talent creates an icily haunting beauty.







Let's hope it's far more than a side project.

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