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Cashmere Cat: Wedding Bells EP [Review]

Words by Carlos Duarte.

On Wedding Bells, Norwegian producer Magnus August Hoiberg aka Cashmere Cat whisks listeners away on an aural adventure that is as exhilarating as it is unpredictable. The Wedding Bells EP may be home to only four tracks, but the wealth of sounds and influences that abound are equivalent to what other acts may feature on an entire album, making for a record that always keeps you guessing about what direction the production will take.

Opener ‘With Me’ slinks along with a brief, somber piano intro before the entrance of stuttering percussion begins to elevate the tempo. Glitchy drums and floating, subtle harps lead to a crescendo that gives way to pounding rhythms.

The manipulation of the vocals is a common feature when it comes to Cashmere Cat productions and on Wedding Bells it can be found on all tracks in varying degrees. ‘Pearls’ flaunts distorted “yeah yeahs” amidst fluttering pizzicato synths, while on the title track the exploitation of vocal pitch and melody acts a prelude to a middle section of joyous eastern influences.

Never a dull moment, the Wedding Bells EP sees Cashmere Cat continue to impress with his diverse production style. Just like a feline, you can’t keep him confined, and attempting to box him into one genre is futile. Melding elements from R&B, electronica, ambient and even trap ensures that this offering builds on the reputation that his remixes for acts like 2 Chainz and Lana Del Rey have earned him.

Rating: ★★★★

Grab a copy of Wedding Bells EP now from iTunes, thanks to Future Classic.

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