Move into the night with ‘Kaleidoscope Mind’, the first EP from Melbourne-based groovers Dandecat.
Lead singer Bridget Sharp’s rich and feminine vocals take you on a journey throughout the different stages of relationships in the five-track EP. Backed by drum-heavy and layered guitar melodies, the genre-bending band send off soft-rock, jazz and pop vibes with no label yet defining the up-and-comers sound.
Working together due to their love for collaborative writing, perhaps Kaleidoscope Mind’s open-ended meaning is due to each band member’s differentiation in taste and ideas. Yet, the EP comes together seamlessly and to put it simply, just flows. Dandecat has produced powerful and vulnerable songs throughout their debut EP which are both captivating and decisive.
If I have to single out one song to preview, it has to be the fragile yet determined ‘Holding On’. A contrast from the other strong tracks, Holding On strips back the rock element of Dandecat in the verses to allow Sharp to tell the tale of falling head over heels for someone. But the repetitive chorus brings in the drums for a roaring and circling rock finish.
For a first release, it’s exciting to know we are only hearing the beginning of what this band has to offer. Kaleidoscope Mind is a statement piece to make you stop, listen, take note and watch Dandecat’s space.
Reviewed by Kim Price