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Art Is a Cat

The Dining Rooms

Schema Records
SC448 | 2020-01-20  
"Art Is A Cat" is The Dining Rooms' eighth studio album - thirteenth if we also
consider fve remix and rework records - in over twenty years of career. It
comes out fve years after the fully instrumental "Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)?",
and shows itself as a new milestone in the artistic path of the Milanese duo
formed by Stefano Ghittoni and Cesare Malfatti.
In fact, "Art Is A Cat" hosts every facet of The Dining Rooms' music, mostly
nourishing the intuitions delivered in past albums such as "Experiments in Ambient Soul" (2005) and "Ink" (2007). It preserves all the characteristics of their
typical signature: songs balanced between folk and soul, dub expansions,
instrumental hip hop and cinematic atmospheres. Not to renounce to any of
these aspects and given the high quality of the recorded material, Stefano and
Cesare decided not to sacrifce anything, and wrote and produced a 19-song
full-length for a total duration of about sixty minutes.
"Art Is A Cat" also hosts a large group of guest singers, both historical voices
of the band and absolute novelties, who also co-wrote the lyrics; the vocal
parts are interspersed with the group's instrumental classics, from funk-fueled
visionary downtempos to more experimental micro-songs.
Sean Martin and Georgeanne Kalweit therefore return with two songs each
(one of the two sung by Georgeanne has its lyrics written by Jake Reid, a
London-based singer who already collaborated with The Dining Rooms in
"Lonesome Traveler" in 2011).
Among the new entries we have, frst of all, the Italian-Tunisian Rahma Hafsi
on the sensual ballad "Little Girl" sung both in English and Arabic, while the
very young Italian-Salvadoran Beatrice Velasco Moreno sings, together with
Sean on backing vocals, the spoken-word "Teach Me To Dance", the spiritual
"Sweet Love" and the title-track, an orchestral folk moment among the most
inspired ones in the entire band's history; Lola Kola, queen of Tropicantesimo,
also brings an absolute novelty in the world of The Dining Rooms, presenting
for the frst time an Italian-sung piece: "Nella Sua Loca Realtà", a post-melodic
song dedicated to the fragility of love.
The vocal parts series ends with two episodes in which Stefano resumes his
past as a singer (in the '80s with Peter Sellers & The Hollywood Party) with
the Indian-flavoured "Ohm And Raga" and the existentialist ballad "She Says
I'm Bad".
"Art Is A Cat" is therefore a complete and very fascinating album, destined to
excite and leave its mark.
Available as double LP, CD digipack and digital

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