It was only last year when Elizabeth & The Catapult stepped out from New York Eastside notoriety and proved that to be purveyors of some rather fine folk-rock on their Mike Mogis-produced debut album Taller Children. Hardly a blink of an eye has passed and they’re already back with a second shimmering full length The Other Side Of Zero, out this week in the US. With freebie track ‘Go Away My Lover’, the Brooklyn duo remind us that there’s plenty to be said for just telling it like it is, and here the cards are really on the table.
“Go away my lover / I think that would be best,” intones Elizabeth Ziman, who, despite being the owner of a gorgeously warm and airy voice, projects a sternness behind her singing. There’s an insistency to the beat, too, that suggests there will be trouble if said lover doesn’t clear off sharpish, and the vocal interplay with bandmate Danny Molad ensures that whomever is being told to bugger off could easily be male or female, so avoiding the cliché of the angsty woman chucking away her man. As a result, the song comes across as far more interesting and modern. This is strange, elegant and addictive stuff.
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