But I'm writing to talk about her fourth solo album that LTM put out as a straight up release two years ago, The Gondoliers of Ghost Lake. She lives in Chicago with her husband Kerry Kelekovich, who as with the last two albums cowrote and performed the songs with her -- and so far, at least, it's absolutely fantastic. Her voice sounds really, really lovely, the music is often a kind of guitar/pop lushness that I didn't think I could be so easily moved by anymore -- more fool me -- and even the first truly surprising note on the album, the low key techno-with-guitar-bits excursion "Mystified," works very well, her voice as appropriate for it as anything that, for instance, Lida Husik has done in the same vein, perhaps even more so. The further combinations of electronics and guitar and her voice as the album goes on are just as fine -- if nothing groundbreaking, the point is that they're very good, and she has the ear for just how to use her voice and the music perfectly. Quite an unexpected treat and well worth checking out.
Her website is the unsurprisingly-titled http://www.cathcarroll.com/ and Gondoliers first track, the brief but very lovely "All Our Lives," is there for download along with various other songs old and new. And of course she also had her journalism and writing career and still does, and the website has quite a bit about that.
Chime in, comments, thoughts, more!
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 03:48 (8 years ago) Permalink
I ended up with the Moves Like You single because Parasol sent it to me by mistake... I ordered Unrest's Cath Carroll single, they sent an actual Cath Carroll single instead.
― fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 04:10 (8 years ago) Permalink
The LTM disc is certainly welcome, but has its ups and downs as far as the previously unreleased stuff. By the time they'd got to their last material it seems pretty clear to me they'd lost their initial spark.
Is she not married to Santiago, the Big Black guy anymore?
Oh yeah, and she's a stunningly beautiful woman.
― Bimble (bimble), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 05:10 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Bimble (bimble), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 05:21 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 05:27 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 11:59 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Ian Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Tuesday, 3 August 2004 14:19 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Officer Pupp, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 02:57 (8 years ago) Permalink
England Made Me is an absolute classic - not really like anything else, yet all at once very comfortable and familiar. To Close Your Eyes forever, Watching You, Subtitled, Moves Like You - hell, all of it is beautiful stuff...very turn of the 90's in the North post-the heady days of 79-85 nostalgia (cf. early 808 State, Durutti's 'Obey The Time').
All the Miaow Stuff is good - hidden gems on the LTM CD - 'Thames at High Water' from the '87 Peel Session and the late demo 'Fear Of The Sun' - already pointing the way towards England Made Me.
I will get Gondoliers now. Thanks, Ned.
― Dr.C, Wednesday, 4 August 2004 14:32 (8 years ago) Permalink
― Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 14:34 (8 years ago) Permalink
WTF?!!??! I don't even see an angle there. When I went to Manchester whilst still in 1991, I specifically spent an afternoon looking for a copy of England Made Me (harder than I would have thought). It remains one of my favorite albums ever. Well produced, great songs, sultry vocals...gorgeous. I didn't so much love any of her other releases since. Maybe cuz subsequent stuff didn't have the budget that album did (breaking Factory, supposedly).
― frankE (frankE), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 14:51 (8 years ago) Permalink
― paul c (paul c), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 20:09 (8 years ago) Permalink
― purple patch (electricsound), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 23:39 (8 years ago) Permalink
i've finally heard the miaow comp (well, some of it) and it's neat. sport most royal sounds like it could have been released by postcard. the 12" mix of when it all comes down is a mess though
― electricsound, Thursday, 1 November 2007 23:49 (5 years ago) Permalink
sport most royal was on a compilation tape (C86?) but other tracks I heard were less immediate.
― Mark G, Friday, 2 November 2007 14:33 (5 years ago) Permalink
Is it possible there's some confusion over "England Made Me" by Cath Carroll and "England Made Me" by Black Box Recorder upthread? I've never heard Cath Carroll's solo albums but I was something of a Miaow fan and can't really envision her sounding like some bad joke. It's up there with the Go-Kart Mozart album in the category of so shockingly bad it's literally unlistenable.
I love BBR but admit it's possible that someone would make such a comment about "Girl Singing In The Wreckage", "Uptown Topranking" and others, but Cath Carroll? Makes no sense.
Miaow are amongst a small elite of heroes who made an effort and played to the grateful kids in the Scottish backwater where I grew up, so they will forever be dear to me. They were certainly one of the best guitar bands of the time.
― everything, Friday, 2 November 2007 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink
It occurs to me that "Just Once", off True Crime Motel, plays in my head at least once a day. Sometimes more.
Is there anyone else like me?
― My Boyfriend Could Be A Spanish Man (R Baez), Sunday, 19 June 2011 03:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
England Made Me is on Spotify!http://open.spotify.com/album/2A7YnT5ccwXWjRI9BmrXVg
― john. a resident of chicago., Tuesday, 25 September 2012 02:26 (7 months ago) Permalink
― Mark G, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:17 (7 months ago) Permalink
Miaow... Remember seeing them on some obscure Granada TV show in 87 miming "Break the code" ... Had "Belle Vue" on "Strum and drum", a tape given away with the final edition of "Underground" magazine in 88... Then there was an interview with Tony Wilson in summer 88 in "Offbeat" (which was the same mag as "Underground" but on glossy paper) where he said "I've got the best rock band in the world in New Order, the best dance band in the world in Happy Mondays and the best singer in the world in Cath Carroll"... Nobody really believed him at the time... Then years later Cath Carroll turns up singing one song on the final Trembling Blur Stars album and it wipes the floor with everything else on the record... Sorry, I'm in early morning random mode.
― Rob M Revisited, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:31 (7 months ago) Permalink
it wipes the floor with everything else on the record
i don't necessarily agree with this, but that is a tremendous song
― adam bandit (electricsound), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:36 (7 months ago) Permalink
You're right, but it is a highlight on a very good album, I always thought Bob wrote better songs for the female voice(s) available to him, but saying that implies diminishing his own voice. So I'll stop digging this hole. Think I need to wake up properly before I say anything on ILM.
― Rob M Revisited, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:45 (7 months ago) Permalink
that song needed a voice like hers, it is extremely affecting
― adam bandit (electricsound), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:47 (7 months ago) Permalink
So classic -- just felt the need to remind you guys.
― touch fuzzy, get dizzy (boy_slayer), Friday, 10 May 2013 20:13 (1 week ago) Permalink
What up, y'all?
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 May 2013 20:59 (1 week ago) Permalink
oh, goodness! her duet ("the dispossessed") with hit parade makes me swooooooooooooon!
― touch fuzzy, get dizzy (boy_slayer), Friday, 10 May 2013 21:07 (1 week ago) Permalink
damn. who's gonna be the next cath carroll, laura watling?
― touch fuzzy, get dizzy (boy_slayer), Friday, 10 May 2013 21:08 (1 week ago) Permalink
Oh my God, a lost memory just surfaced of a time I spent hanging in a small dressing room with her and Santiago Durango. I forget the context, but I think it was right after her solo album came out, and I remember asking her about the Unrest connection, and she being both flattered and weirded out.
This might be the most surprising forgotten rock and roll memory that's popped up since the time I realized I'd seen both John Cale and DMX live, maybe the same week. Seem like odd shows to totally forget.
― Josh in Chicago, Friday, 10 May 2013 21:11 (1 week ago) Permalink
see, to me that looks like a Cath Carroll album
I know it isn't...
― Mark G, Friday, 10 May 2013 21:11 (1 week ago) Permalink
oh yeah and 'See you in Havana' as well..xposts
― Mark G, Friday, 10 May 2013 21:12 (1 week ago) Permalink