AUDIO: Nick Andrew’s “Good Cat Bad Cat”


Last year was the last time I featured Nick Andrew on my site with his EP called Catch & Release EP (my review of which can be read by clicking here but he has recorded a new song and I’d like to present it to you. It’s called “Good Cat Bad Cat” and while he is continuing his folktronic ways, this is eaisly classifiable as electronic pop with some nice chopping within the production, I am someone who loves it when a producer uses the human voice and all you hear are extreme excerpts of what they’re trying to say, or you only hear trail beginnings and/or endings of a word, or a distant inhale. It’s all here, and this is a hint of what he has planned to release for his next project.

REVIEW: Nick Andrew’s “Catch & Release EP”

 photo NickAndrew_cover_zps29dc9a86.jpg There are times when I feel people have taken advantage of the ease and convenience of electronic music, to the point where so-called DJ’s are making 40M+ just by standing on stage, touching a button, dancing around to something they didn’t create. Then there are those who utilize technology to make incredible music. Bellingham, Washington’s Nick Andrew is one of those people.

His Catch & Release EP brings together instrumentation and sampled sources to create something that’s not just someone pressing a few keys on a keyboard, laying a much-used beat over it and saying “this is my next hit single, dance to it.” There is musicality, and by saying that I mean there’s a lot of thought and time put into these songs. Each of the songs here are like musical books in that there beginnings, middle, and proper endings, but endings that you don’t want to fade out or segue into the next song. You want these tracks “to be continued” because they’re so good, and one could imagine him doing two to three hour sets on his music alone. One person on Soundcloud compared Anderw to Bibio, but one could also throw in a Metalheadz reference and say it’s Goldiesque, or maybe it’s The ORB or 808 State. Then again, one can hear hints of a wide range of different things from 8-bit riffs to synth oceans that titillate as it accents the hi-hats and snare at every snap, then moves elsewhere all within the same song. Then you realize you’re in another song with slide mood shifts. The most noticeable shift comes with the title track, with what sounds like an amplified and distorted guitar riff getting into something electronic based, then a male voice that may have been sampled from a hip-hop or dancehall track, all placed over a rhythm section that makes you want to tap or stroll in unison. It is then you feel that things sound as if they were influenced by electronic music from the 1970’s, or the 90’s, or now, or the future, to where you just don’t care where the sounds are coming from. It moves you because the songs are designed in a cinematic manner, or at least you can picture the songs as scenes and you listen so that you can see how it concludes. Then you don’t, you just want things to last as long as possible. It’s quite amazing. This may be Andrew’s debut release, but he sounds as if he has been making music for the last 10 to 20 years, if not longer. He is “seasoned”, and I can’t wait to hear how he’ll move along in the years ahead.

(The Catch & Release EP can be streamed in full below, and is being made available for free by clicking here {53.4mb}.)

FREE MP3 DL: Nick Andrew’s “Catch & Release” (EP)

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From up in Bellingham, Washington is a new artist named Nick Andrew. Most likely you’ve never heard of him, so now it’s your chance to do so. He has dabbled in projects for Subgrounds and , and was one of the winners in a DJ Shadow remix contest, for his take on “Scale It Back”, whose entry you can listen to below.

He has just released an EP called Catch & Release, featuring nine songs that will help guide you through what Andrew has done, what he’s doing, and what he’d like to do with his music. You may stream the EP in full below and if you want to take it with you, it is a free download (53.4mb).

If you want to keep up with him and his music, follow him on Twitter at @nickandrewmusic.