O. D. Davey originally send a demo by detour of one of the other indie labels in town (Berlin) and it catched me by surprise.
And since surprises many times lead to new surprises Catgut Tape landed on my desk - the precocious teenage album that O. D. Davey recorded in his late teens and still kept in his archives. With lyrics that kept reminding me of Arab Strap and Aidan Moffat, accompanied by scratchy, closely processed vocals these simple tunes didn't leave my mind and many repeated listens ultimately made the decision for a new signing to Tomlab.
O. D.'s second album originally at the source of our conversation it became obvious that Catgut Tape was a must listen for the introduction to our audience - a first view into the songwriting world of this young british talent.
In my mind there were so many parallels to early Tomlab releases, especially with the first two albums by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, and strangely (!) with Xiu Xiu. Both were situations where the new album was shortly after followed by the release of the first official album. This time Tomlab is going to keep the correct sequence.
So here comes O. D. Davey with a very LO-FI album. And I may cite one of the recent customer reviews over at Norman Records that is full of poignant adjectives:
"A pure ejaculation of tragicomic teen love. Dry, scared, babyfaced, bedwetting, honest, fantasist, utilitarian, whispered, bitcrushed, balldropping, hilarious, excruciating, melodic, soft, skeletal, sensitive, childish, resigned, pretty, crappy, forgetful, dopey, bashful, grumpy, snowwhite, lofi, garageband, bedroom, corner, acoustic, drum machine, scratchy, creaky, plinky, ageing, ashamed, open, disciplined, bitter, old fashioned, loving, crooning, creepy, downbeat, upbeat, etc, etc, the kid's got potential."