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By Erik Myers
The set-up is simple: Every so often, David Jacoby dresses up in a fur and spandex one-piece, slips on a cat mask, and slinks around downtown to the amusement of the gown and town alike. For being a spectacle, WhiteCatPink is rather laid back. He talks about life back on his home planet of Saturn in a purely casual tone; no cartoon character is he. Turns out he’s a pretty talented musician too.
The LoveBalletGirl EP is his debut recording – five tracks of smooth, colorful electronica, influenced largely by the works of Serge Gainsbourg, among others. Jacoby performs in every capacity on this album: drums, keyboards, synthesizers and vocals, switching back-and-forth between English and French in his full lush delivery. Using the classic electronica technique of repetition, Jacoby does manage a dazzling series of melodies, adding interesting touches to each.
Weaved into the throbbing club beat of “Gitane” are a few cascading synth solos and Jacoby’s perfect French phrasing. “Dusk” has a similar (though less intense) aura, putting plinking key patterns over a bright but slow backing thread.
The album is without weak points, frankly. It just doesn’t get boring, even when setting aside its dream-dance theme for the final track, “Snow Bunny,” a lovey-dovey tune of straightforward pop with a funny rhyme scheme. There is some question as to who LoveBalletGirl refers to, but the slender pink ballet dancer on the back cover (and occasionally seen by his side on downtown strolls) would be this reviewer’s first guess.
If this excellent debut doesn’t win WhiteCatPink a few close admirers, love surely is dead.
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