The Multiple Cat lives up to its name. Don't let those pictures on the inside of his previous disc fool you, this is essentially the work of multi-instrumentalist Pat Stolley. ELEMENTS OF THE MULTIPLE CAT is goofy, lugubrious, complex and absolutely essential pop music. And while this disc may take some getting used to, it will sneak up on you slowly, until you're waking up at 3:00 am with an insatiable craving for it. Every song is loaded with little melodic ideas that may be carried by a trumpet, a violin, a guitar or just about anything else. It's all topped off with Pat's wacked-out and endearing vocals. His closest musical relative is probably XTC at their most ornate, but honestly, he's got his own branch on the pop family tree. Oddly refreshing and strangely addictive.
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