Newly signed Tomlab artist, O. D. Davey reveals new video

March 16, 2015



Watch a video from new Tomlab artist,
O. D. Davey
Debut album, Catgut Tape out in April.

Catgut Tape is the debut solo album from British singer/songwriter, O.D. Davey.

‘Essex’ is a love letter to the county in which O.D. Davey misspent his youth.  It’s about the beautiful landscape which is overshadowed by the metropolis along its edge. O D Davey sings about the longing for and mistrust of that metropolis, and the contentment of staying put, crashing cars and coming down!
There are few direct comparisons: the melodic playfulness of Micachu & The Shapes; the open romance of Thom Yorke; the harsh, dry narratives of English folk; the barbed hooks of a CITV advert break, its jingles made meaningful.  There is a style at play within Catgut Tape that is hard to define perhaps because it is just a means to an end, the songs themselves smart enough to be sung a dozen ways.As the voice and words within the duo KLAAR, Davey is already causing a stir within the depths of the electronic music scene.   And, under one pseudonym or another, the makings of Catgut Tape have been gaining airtime on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and London’s Resonance FM even before the album’s completion.

Now, perfectly homed within the Tomlab roster, this melodically delicate and lyrically blunt collection of very British songs is the first introduction to the work of this unexpected and original new voice.

Catgut Tape will be released on LP, CD and digitally from Tomlab Records on 13th April.

Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it.  Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bit crushed and baseless skeleton of wooden guitar, drum pad and plastic organ, all under a voice that tells stories, sometimes as one person, sometimes as another, but always with sincerity and humour.

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