Intricately produced with dramatic build-ups and the notorious bed- squeak sample, Cashmere Cat’s Wedding Bells EP is a work of art, a treasure of the edm world. Incorporating remarkable percussion, flute- like melodies, distorted female vocals, and of course, Cashmere’s usual unique synth sound, each song on the EP correlates flawlessly with the next. It takes electronic music to a faraway world never heard before, but the question here is is it actually something you want to listen to? Wedding Bells is Cashmere Cat at his finest, certainly not made for the mainstream audience as his remixes of Miguel and 2 Chainz are. No, this is the Norwegian DJ producing all of the strange sounds he wishes, and boy, does he hit the mark.
Wedding Bells EP
With Me was released two months prior to the EP, and as the single it certainly did its job. It begins with an elegant piano solo, but it doesn’t take long for the synth to kick, and that is exactly what it does. It pounds you over and over in the style we’ve grown to know and love from the Cat. Strewn with ringing chimes and almost inhuman vocals, this song commences the short, but intoxicating journey of this EP.
Leading with an organic drumline sequence, Pearls sores through a continuous stream of ever-changing sounds. With every distinct section, Cashmere Cat masterfully adds a new noise to fill our ears with beats that never last more than thirty seconds each. And yet, the track has a flow that is as undisturbed as the cat’s afternoon nap.
The title track, Wedding Bells, is the most similar to his earlier tracks off of the Mirror Maru EP. Packed with auto-tuned vocals, heavy percussion, and a dainty, oriental flute line the third track embodies all aspects of the Cat’s brilliance. Make sure to listen until the very end for the preeminent, gorgeous piano solo that finishes off the song with ethereal ease.
Rice Rain brings us to the end of our adventure through the works Cashmere Cat’s talented mind. This song proves Cashmere’s creativity has no end, and we can count on him never taking the easy way out. Teasing us with a crescendo that has you begging for a bass fueled drop, the song instead shifts to a groovy melody that has you shaking your hips, not jumping on your feet.
This EP is a work of art, but the question remains: do we truly enjoy listening to it? Honestly, it’s more about how we listen to it. Wedding Bells makes your mind work; it is not an EP for relaxing or for raging. It is made for the appreciation of complex, unconventional music. Can we recognize the expertise put into Wedding Bells? Absolutely. Does that mean we want to listen to it over and over again? Probably not. Nevertheless, Cashmere Cat is the one and only of his kind, and although his sound is often unsettling, this EP is worth more than a few listens.
Written By: Rachel Oldham