Written By: Kayleigh King
Originality: (4.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.0 / 5) Lyrics: (3.5 / 5) Production: (3.5 / 5) Average: (3.8 / 5)
Porch Cat’s Bad Victim is a wonderfully written, beautiful piece of easy listening poetry with essences of humor and twang. The album is chock full of fantastic vocals and music. All the instruments are well performed, from the guitar to the awesome bass and drums. The instruments work together to create a sound that has a rhythmic vibe, and is different to the majority of what is available right now.
‘Narcolepsy’ is a beautiful track that reminds me slightly of The Murmurs, of which I was a huge fan. The reminder comes from the track layering, how different pitched vocals lay over the rhythm. Porch Cat knows how to layer a track which is easily demonstrated here, and throughout the entire album. They are also no stranger to the aspects of dry humor and snark that are also reminiscent of The Murmurs.
‘It’s the Way’ is another example of a well layered track with exceptional vocals. It feels a bit more punchy than the others, with a tinge of humorous anger that won’t fail to make you smile. The music is jaunty and is up-tempo and fun. The vocals are performed a little rougher, but it fits with the theatricality and slight drama of the song. It feels like a poem performed with music, which really is what a song should sound like.
‘Wild West’ benefits from the magic combination of a basic acoustic opening, and strong vocals that are strong yet sound effortless. The music remains simple, yet the vocals escalate with perfect backing. Adding a harmonica solo may sound kitsch, but it fits in with the tracks vibe and only enhances the music. I enjoyed the entire album, but this is the only track that gave me goosebumps.
‘Nothing is Sacred’ is the last track on the album and I think this is a great song to close the album with. The bass is performed well as the vocals sweep you along. The vocals seem to ebb and low between a whisper and an almost shout and produce a stunning effect.
I have a feeling that we are going to be hearing a lot more from Porch Cat, and I am looking forward to hear from them. Bad Victim is out now, and more music is said to be on the way too!