Through evocative cut-ups and stark dada poetry, Tess Roby conjures up a minimalist wash of past, present, and could-have-been. ‘Catalyst’ is uncompromising and downcast, but vitalising too.
A recent addition to the Italians Do It Better label, Tess Roby has the vampiric vocal punch of Ian Curtis – and the smoky sound of Unknown Pleasures bears heavy on ‘Catalyst’.
Here heartbreak is cast as an unavoidable & deathly voyage – a relationship struggling to withstand over an ever expanding obstacle. Powerful, gothic imagery swims around the hazy synths like the aura of a desert mirage.
The video, depicting Tess in the lo-fi remoteness of a Jodorowsky movie, furnish the song perfectly. ‘Catalyst’ makes no bones about being bleak, lunar poetry. On that basis it’ll either captivate or confound. But it’s power is undeniable.
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