Catz 'n Dogz
Moments


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. USER (36 Reviews)
August 4th, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 06/26/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A culmination of recollections

Moments is a very pleasant word, as well as the title of a very pleasant album. In spite of this, it is hardly an appropriate means of describing Catz ‘N Dogz’ latest record. It’s not as much merely an assemblage of snapshots as it is a fully rounded product; a complete experience as a result of the culmination of such singular ‘moments’. The Polish duo spends the entirety of the album crafting a brand of contemplative house music that manages to captivate, in spite of its relative simplicity and pleasantly calm aura all throughout.

There is a certain level of fluidity to Moments, partially responsible for this relaxed nature of the record. On the one hand, clean, washed out synths form the backbone of Catz ‘N Dogz’ sound, gently gliding on top of pleasantly mellow beats. On the other hand, while each song contains its own unique elements, everything runs together incredibly smoothly. Album highlight ‘Life’, for example, feels extremely clean-cut through its use of a deformed vocal sample, yet does not fall victim to sterility as a result of a compelling pace and the jazzy influences sprinkled throughout the track. It’s a pleasant enough track to admire its delicate flow from a distance, but contains enough intriguing components to dig into and appreciate to an extent beyond that.

Seemingly acknowledging the strength of such subtle layers, Moments is the duo’s most gentle record, only occasionally relying on vocal chops from collaborators. The track ‘Sunrise’ does benefit a significant amount from such contributions, utilising James Yuill’s voice to create a catchy, appropriately soothing opener for the album. His vocals often function as an extension of the instrumentals, with Catz ‘N Dogz eventually abstracting and sampling one of his short, seemingly insignificant wails into a surprisingly effective hook. This less-is-more approach is employed again on ‘Sleep’ and ‘Time’, showcasing the producers’ sheer talent for capturing an expansively dynamic mood by taking short snippets of sound and subsequently manipulating them into calming oblivion.

As a slightly more negative result of this, however, the songs ‘Meditate’ and ‘It’s Ok’ feel rather out of place. Both cuts are unnecessarily cheesy, emphasising vocal hooks rather than allowing the excellent instrumentals space to breathe and carry the weight. Especially the latter’s bells and (literal) whistles are rather grating, with the repeated lyric of ‘It’s okay to be sad’ making the track even more of a head-scratcher. Thankfully, these are the only real low points to be found on Moments, with the rest of the record effortlessly maintaining a high level of quality.

The middle section displays Catz ‘N Dogz’ strengths most eloquently, as ‘Listen’ and ‘Love’ implement the duo’s jazz sensibilities to a greater extent than elsewhere, before ‘Memories’ provides a welcome punch by being the album’s grooviest, most driving cut. By being equal parts subdued and explicitly dynamic, Moments succeeds through its weaving of a fluid web of sound; every aspect plays an equally important part in establishing the record’s atmosphere, while only working in its very specific context. As such, the album is as much able to be enjoyed as pleasant background music as it is a collection of songs that can be explored over a longer period of time.



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JesperL
August 4th 2020


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a bit outside of my comfort zone of what i usually review, hope i did it justice! really pleasant record, perfect for the summer

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Ryus
August 4th 2020


20081 Comments


electronic reviews woo
sitll gotta hear this

Lord(e)Po)))ts
August 4th 2020


58917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Did not expect to see this reviewed!

JesperL
August 4th 2020


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah check it ryus!

was enjoying this one a lot, wanted to write about something ~different~ so figured this would be a good place to start

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 4th 2020


11615 Comments


Nicely done my man. This sounds like a nice and relaxing time, the weird hooky tracks notwithstanding. I like the idea this could function well in the background while also being worth appreciating with a dedicated listen. Pos-ing

Digging: Barely Civil - I'll Figure This Out

Lord(e)Po)))ts
August 4th 2020


58917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this ur first catz n dogs record jesp?

JesperL
August 4th 2020


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you mars!

i did a discog run before writing this lorde, based on that i think i like this one best though i want to revisit the debut since that one sounded great too

Vulnicura
August 17th 2020


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really enjoyed, surprisingly. Well-written review.

JesperL
August 17th 2020


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm glad vulnicura, and thank you!

MotokoKusanagi
August 17th 2020


3375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is suuuper smooth, did some fine work today with this on in background

Digging: Omar S - Simply

Lord(e)Po)))ts
August 17th 2020


58917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very introverted release compared to their usual sound. Basic Colour Theory still has my fav catz n dogz songs but this is great

Relinquished
August 17th 2020


45301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed

Lord(e)Po)))ts
August 17th 2020


58917 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good Touch, Keep On and Get It Right from BCT and Wave from Friendship are all untouchable bops







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