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    Caethua – “Red Moon” – [Bathetic]

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    Caethua aka Clay Camero aka Clare Hubbard delivers
    a one-woman record that has that kind of palm reader
    vibe, you get a little dizzy and its a little smoky
    inside her cozy parlor. She accrues effect pedals
    like she does monickers (the more the merry messier!)
    She sings in a heavy, water-color voice, often doubled
    up like on “Raven’s Road” and “Chariot” where the lyrics
    are hard to pin down. But when they cut through they are
    like skimming through someone’s diary where life is lived
    in metaphor and near water. The album beings with
    a guitar instrumental, dappled with other sounds.
    She also employs keys that sound like they have hollow
    tubes. She will add guitar that is slippery and at
    times like on “Waning Moon” actually playe with a slide.
    (That song has Caethua singing with a kind of bite
    like Jean Smith, her music fits in well with KFJC’s
    favorite female conjurers and even struck a chord with
    the old Mauve Sideshow). The production is dense but
    gauzey, could see the Shadow Ring casting a spell on
    her or vice versa. The songs are slow, her thoughts
    rushing fast. The drum machine as the carburetor for
    “Chariot” sounds like she filled it with molasses.
    Sweet and slow and swampy (belieing her recording
    residence in Maine) an enjoyable set of spectral ballads
    on Bathetic. She also has a label herself, “Sad Wand”
    but the .com looks like a manga stop…course this album
    has the A/B etching labels swapped, so tricks are up
    her and her many aliases sleeve. Is Caethua an anagram
    of Chateau, or the female version of Cthulu? Clare’s an
    unclear riddle, I don’t want to solve. Very promising stuff.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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