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CAYTO – Stupendium! EP (Rictus Record)

Posted: July 25th, 2005, by Tom Leins

On the basis of this new EP (recorded with Aerogramme/Arab Strap/Franz comrade Geoff Allan), Glasgow’s Cayto truly are a band of two halves. The title track is queasy prog-fuelled indie-pop that offers a very brief nod in Muse’s direction; and ‘Lost Property’ treads a similar, if more schizoid/menacing path. Interesting, if a tad bizarre, but not really my cup of tea. Their tender flipside, on the other hand, is far more palatable to my slightly-morose tastes! ‘The Thread of Forever’ is a beautifully-gloomy slo-burner that wouldn’t sound out of place on Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’. Closing track ‘The Splitting Up Song’ is nearly as good – a sombre piano ballad with touches of Hope of the States in its soggy grandeur. Cracking stuff. For the uninitiated/downright curious amongst you, the EP is available through the band’s own Rictus Records from September 5th. Where they go next is anyone’s guess.


Tom Leins

Tom is a relative obscurity in diskantland. All we know of him is that he's from Devon and that he writes a fanzine called 'Voices from Downtroddendom', so draw your own conclusions from that. Our conclusions are that he's probably got a funny accent and a bit too much time on his hands. So he'll fit right in around here.

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