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  Song Share Time Download
1. Zero
2:40 $0.99
2. New
5:26 $0.99
3. Light
5:35 $0.99
4. Breathe
5:28 $0.99
5. Hello Tears
4:56 $0.99
6. Monsters
5:27 $0.99
7. Small Things
5:28 $0.99
8. Bohemia
5:47 $0.99
9. Muse
4:53 $0.99
10. Sea Hue
4:25 $0.99
11. Rock N' Roll
6:09 $0.99
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Matthew Forss

Much Higher Than Zero
Cattski is a Philippines-based singer, songwriter, and producer that experiments with electronica, folk, indie, experimental, and acoustic pop elements on her latest release, 0:00:00 (Zero). The music is spacey, dance-friendly, and progressive with musical instruments spanning the gamut from keyboards, guitars, harmonicas, to kazoos. Cattski dispels current pop idioms and creates a visionary musical experience that is refreshing and accessible.

“Small Things” opens with a few electronic burbles and a reverberating atmospheric ambiance with percussion ticks and swishy cymbals. Cattski’s voice is reminiscent of Avril Lavigne, but the music is not rock, punk, or grunge. Instead, the pulsating dance elements and electronic trickles of eerie sound are backed by a trip-hop or trance beat. The song is clearly focused with some electric guitar fades throughout in the vein of Garbage. The echoing vocals at the end of the song merge into a skittish electronic medley that sounds like computer gadgetry. At any rate, the music is enthralling and addictive.

“Bohemia” begins with a few static-driven radio snippets that merge into a soft, acoustic tune with Cattski’s vocals leading the charge. The percussion is light and reminiscent of a somewhat trip-hop or down-tempo beat. The vocals are louder than the percussion. A xylophone-type sound interrupts the beat, as distant flapper-like tune snippets overlap the sound throughout. The instrumentation is rather playful without too much variation. However, the vocals tend to overshadow most of the instrumentation.

“Monsters” opens with an island rhythm pop beat with piano and drum-kit percussion. The chorus incorporates fuzzy electric guitars and a big pop sound with lush vocals and a steady, electronic beat. The next chorus adds a fast-paced, electronic beat amidst the full guitar sounds and gentle piano. A mix of electronic noises, sirens, and percussion join in with the guitars and piano for the latter half of the song. In short, “Monsters” is a luscious pop song with loud sounds and a catchy chorus.

“New” begins with a fast dance beat with increasing sound that turns into a gentler acoustic guitar and vocal track. Cattski’s vocals float along effortlessly with drum-kit percussion and guitars. The guitars are fairly energetic for the chorus, but not in a hard rock way. The airy pop presence of the guitars makes the song a Top 40 hit without sacrificing anything. The electronic wizardry comes into play at the end of the song, as the outro contains an acoustic guitar and Cattski’s vocals.

“Sea Hue” begins with a light harmonica line with acoustic guitar and Cattski’s vocals. The harmonica waxes and wanes, but the acoustic guitar remains constant. The electric guitar and drum-kit percussion begins mid-song. The music is largely pop with a hint of folk and alternative. Still, the music is lighter than other tracks, but that does not diminish its intensity.

“Zero” opens with electronic noise and robotic voices with a barrage of metallic nuances and spacey elements. The atmospheric renderings and futuristic voicings reflect an artistic edge that incorporates electronic twinkles, fuzzy vocals, and computerized concoctions. The vocals are largely spoken word and reflect a poetic presence surrounding the album’s meaning. This is more of an introduction than a song.

Cattski’s new album is an edgy, pop-infused, electronic journey that is mature and inventive. Cattski’s vocals may resemble Avril Lavigne, but the music possesses an electronic folk and pop vein that is highly-infectious and memorable. The only qualm may be the noticeably louder vocals on a few tracks, as on “Bohemia.” Nevertheless, there is plenty of interesting melodies, instrumental arrangements, electronic adornments, and vocal choruses that make the album soar much higher than its title implies.

Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Melissa Nasstasi

Staying Power of Zero
Cattski Espina, better known as “Cattski,” has just unleashed her latest release 0:00:00 (Zero) into the world. A musical threat of sorts, Cattski is a multi-talented woman who not only writes her own songs, but plays guitar, piano, harmonica and even the mouth-trumpet to round it all out. Bringing each piece to life in the recording studio, Cattski brings a truly unique musical experience to the table. In the two years that it took to create the record, Espina made sure that each piece was perfectly crafted, and as she describes, “the process of letting the unpleasant transform into the pleasant.”

Opening the album is the title track, “Zero,” which brings in a slight reminder of musicians such as Imogen Heap, is a stunning introduction into the record, as Cattski talk-sings over the track. Haunting background vocals fill the space, creating a piece that you will not soon forget. “New,” changes things up a bit, as Cattski takes on a whole new form. A sound that is not only on a more pop music level, but very accessible blending vibrant acoustic guitars and dreamy vocals. Somehow the elements of the two songs waltz nicely into each other.

“Light,” provides a haunting element to the record as Cattski's voice resembles a young Stevie Nicks at times. The piece is filled with a gorgeous piano alongside of Epsina's perfect and peaceful voice. The listener will certainly be able to feel every emotion that goes into this piece, as it evokes such feelings. “Breathe,” offers a lovely light feeling to the record, as Cattski croons better than Norah Jones. The twangy guitar mixed with soft drumming, is beautiful as Cattski is accompanied by a female backing vocalist. The stunning track is surely a show stopper that will have you playing it over and over again. Trust me.

Up next is the upbeat “Hello Tears,” that is not only uplifting but lyrically inspiring, with a bit of quirkiness on the side. Cattski really has it all to say the least. Track after track she is able to deliver, which proves to be beyond impressive. “Monsters,” takes thing back down a notch for a while, setting a whole new tone to the record. A slight steel drum sound is played, as Cattski brings out a neo-soul vocalization into the song. This is certainly a nice surprise on the record, as it shows the musical range and ability that she has to offer. There are no one trick ponies here thats for sure!

“Small Things,” is a haunting and gorgeous song that is musically brilliant. Taking slight elements of the first track, this seems to be where all of the puzzle pieces come together as Cattski blends a little bit of everything. “I don't want to be angry at the small things,” echoes from Cattski's voice, leaving a prominent memory behind.

“Bohemia,” comes into the picture with a lovely soul-meets-hippie-folk vibe. The fun track will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet, as it will leave you wanting more. The stripped down song, gets taken right into the next piece titled “Muse.” With a haunting piano and a soulful voice, Espina really brings out her heart and soul and she wears it on her sleeve.

“Sea Hue,” shows even a more folk element in Cattski, as well as a tad bit of Alt-Country as you will be able to hear a slight slide guitar in the background. “Rock n' Roll,” closes out the album with intriguing double vocals, that take the song and album to a whole new level.

Cattski is truly an artist that has staying power. With one listen of this gorgeous and unforgettable record, 0:00:00 (Zero), you will be wondering where she has been your entire life; and with that, crave more of what this brilliant musician has to offer.

0:00:00 (Zero)
5 Out of 5 Stars
Melissa Nastasi