Catfight On A Hotdog
I Started The Recession EP


3.5
great

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
July 10th, 2009 | 22 replies | 1,953 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


"I Started The Recession" boldly proclaims Aaron Cox, experimental musician straight out of Wollongong, Australia through the title his new EP for project Catfight On A Hotdog. Whatever the truth of the recent worldwide logical nightmare for economists (it has been long said that if you lock 100 of them in a room not a single one of them will agree on anything), the original two piece group has evolved from the experimental post-rock/IDM/ambient of 2008's Turned Into A Pillar of Salt to become the sole output of Aaron's personal deviant musical philosophies, insisting on the Merzbow work ethic by pumping out a new album each month, creating all his own cover art in MS paint and releasing albums in 128kbps mp3 as an artistic choice.

Indeed, Catfight on A Hotdog has always been a strange act to pin down. Aaron uses a lot of treated samples from other acts, his own skills as a classically trained musician and an unconventional "anti-music" approach to songwriting production (even for the ambient/experimental crowd) which often lands his work in a confusing position musically. I Started The Recession is billed as a significant "progression" from his early stuff, but the truth seems to be whilst it doesn't quite reach that level to be something of its own distinct quality it is a fine ambient EP that does the Catfight on A Hotdog name justice and continues Aaron's legacy as a name to watch out for if there ever was one.

1986 is the opening track, clocking in at 1:21 seconds it is based around a looped rock drum pattern which interweaves with dreamy synth patterns and cryptic cut-off vocals. The pristine production is flawless in its clarity, sounding nice and sparkly whilst having a tendency to "skip" the entire progression at points (breaking the fourth wall as far as music goes), introducing a swampy bass and subtle layers of lo-fi distortion to fill out the arrangements in an interesting fashion. It serves as the introduction to 24th January 2005, which on the flipside to the brevity and crisp production of 1986 is a 20 minute long exercise in dirge encrusted ambient. Aaron makes the unusual move of wishing the kind of digital artifacts that result from destructive filters and low bitrates that most producers try to avoid to be part of his sonic template, shading the background of his soundscape punctuated by affected metallic machinery noises, feedback distortion and probing, sharp synths in a gloopy, inquisitive fashion. It's an unusual idea, and it works in a sense. Indeed, even if its ambitiousness far outweighs itself parts of 24th January 2005 sound downright chilling, especially the trumpet like electronics breaking through the dirge with a gently screeching, dissonant beauty. Rubbing against the offbeat lo-fi textures of everything else, it makes for a rather interesting listen for its entire duration.

I Started The Recession is yet another release from an experimental Australian artist who shows much promise, and if there is anything to flaw as is common with these type of groups it is a tendency to be overindulgent in both concept and output. With a little bit of restraint, and some time to develop ideas further Catfight on A Hotdog could certainly make something special. As is the case with the aforementioned Merzbow and his infamous output, if this trend continues with Aaron it may get to the point where the listener feels they have to wade through a sea of stones to find a gem but as far as things go at current Catfight on A Hotdog is on the right track.



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Meatplow
July 10th 2009


5524 Comments


http://catfightmusic.blogspot.com/

both tracks can be streamed or downloaded from here

YouAreMySilence
July 10th 2009


3727 Comments


isn't this your own record?

masterofcum
July 10th 2009


428 Comments


no its aarons

YouAreMySilence
July 10th 2009


3727 Comments


which user is that?

Meatplow
July 10th 2009


5524 Comments


no i'm doing an EP with this guy he asked me to review it

Aaron
July 10th 2009


651 Comments


Aaron's user name is Aaron.

Nice review mate. I'm glad you were honest about all aspects, including those we've discussed that you don't agree with [ie. bitrates and the spelling of Wollongong]. Thanks.

Meatplow
July 10th 2009


5524 Comments


haha one thing I forgot to double check the spelling of before I posted. generally, there is a spoken emphasis on the first syllable as "wool" not "wol" I have found.

Wollongong 4 life

Aaron
July 10th 2009


651 Comments


2515, respect.

Douglas
July 10th 2009


9102 Comments


I am more of a 3216 man myself.

Meatplow
July 10th 2009


5524 Comments


2650 or bust

speaking of postage aaron send that damn letter already it must have been 2 years

Spare
July 10th 2009


5291 Comments


2444 aaron you should get photoshop and make better artwork or something

Digging: Best Witches - Wishes

Aaron
July 10th 2009


651 Comments


I've got photoshop but trying to get my head around it. I'm more into manipulating photos than art from scratch, and as Haz said; MS Paint and destructive low-fi go hand in hand.

Waior
July 10th 2009


11451 Comments


Hire a free graphic designer. Cough.

foreverendeared
July 10th 2009


14678 Comments


i find it very eerie how both of the dates on the tracklist are very significant to me. the first being the year i was born and the second being the month and year my sister was murdered. I'm very weirded out right now

Klekticist
July 10th 2009


1259 Comments


aaron, i'd be more than willing to help out with artwork

Meatplow
July 10th 2009


5524 Comments


aaron is far too DIY to hire somebody to do his dirty work for him

check out his other album covers on his blog they are the lo-fi visual equivalent to his music

Aaron
July 11th 2009


651 Comments


i find it very eerie how both of the dates on the tracklist are very significant to me. the first being the year i was born and the second being the month and year my sister was murdered. I'm very weirded out right now

I'm sorry to hear about your sister, mate.

Hire a free graphic designer. Cough.

aaron, i'd be more than willing to help out with artwork

Thanks both of you. I would be very thankful if anyone would ever be willing to do artwork for me.

aaron is far too DIY to hire somebody to do his dirty work for him

DIY = Art that's appropriate for my music, but a little bit shit haha.

Waior
July 11th 2009


11451 Comments


I actually do graphic design and have made pleasant money doing so, but it's mostly poster design.

I still need to listen to some of this.

Klekticist
July 11th 2009


1259 Comments


Collaboration!
tht or a battle to the death with nothing but rusty kitchen knives and string

Aaron
July 11th 2009


651 Comments


Rap battle! Now!!



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