Single Review: China Aster – Cadenza

By on Thursday, 2nd August 2012 at 12:00 pm

‘Cadenza’ is the newest single from Guernsey based indie smooth kids China Aster. Comparisons they have looked to find are in the form of Radiohead, Sigur Ros and in a looser sense, Morrissey. It’s easy to see why, with Josh Moore’s vocals in this track descending ever more easily into the realm of those of Thom Yorke.

The track further moves on from their previous release ‘Combination Style’ which focussed more on the fantastic guitar stylings of Moore and the tightness of the band. ‘Cadenza’ focuses on Moore’s vocal talent and the quality of his writing throughout the song. The music, as with previous China Aster outings, is brilliantly subtle in its complexity. The guitar pieces, which were written by bassist Ollie Marsden, float ever so slightly in the background to Moore’s vocals, while George Le page’s drumming is beautifully understated.

With sexually charged themes throughout, it’s a bit of a raunchy affair. Not a musical version of 50 Shades of Grey, but with some sordid lyrics undercutting the single.

The band at this point seems as tight as any outfit in their infancy will be. They are passionate, they enjoy what they do and they by far show a maturity much past their tender age.


‘Cadenza’ by China Aster is out now.

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