catholic

Interview (Dutch): “Scott (Walker) liked it when I got lost in the music.” – Vrij Nederland

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David Kleijwegt of Holland’s Vrij Nederland magazine talks to Gavin.

On working with Scott Walker:

“It was quite an honour. But at the same time it was one of the toughest gigs I’ve ever played. I sang accompanied by a 40-men and a band of 15. There were dancers, and a strict choreography. It was all very ambitious. On top of that, the music, from his last two CDs, was very abstract. I often had no idea of the key or pitch. I had nothing to hold on to, but Scott liked it best when I got lost in the music.”

Review (Dutch): “Pen dipped in vitriol, yet remarkably vulnerable “

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A 3 out of 4 star review from Humo, a popular Belgian weekly.

 

‘catholic’ ends, fittingly, with the only overtly ‘catholic’ song: ‘Lord, I’m comin”, a reverie on mortality wrapped in a mix between torch song and hymn. Although you could interpret that ‘Lord, I’m comin’, Lord, I’m comin’ in a totally different way, of course. 

Review: “A towering achievement of classical grandiosity and modern elusiveness.”

Brett Warner writes:

Gavin Friday and new right-hand man Herbie Macken have crafted a consistently elegant, intricately arranged, and stunningly beautiful album well worth the long wait. Often threatening to melt your heart, catholic is a continually rewarding piece of work—a towering achievement of classical grandiosity and modern elusiveness. Leave it up to a sly, mildly-reclusive Irishman to deliver one of 2011’s unexpected master works.

Read the full review at Ology.com

Review: “Friday faces midlife regret head-on and ekes out glimmers of personal triumph.”

Chris Roberts write:

Producer Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins) douses the songs (co-written with Herbie Macken) in an orchestral shimmer, the kind of thing Trevor Horn did so well on ZTT Records. If this lends Catholic a hint of retro-polish, there’s a grand scale to the results which pulls them out of period detail and achieves the timelessness of the best noir torch songs. From the yearning grandeur of “The Sun & The Moon & The Stars” to the moving, epic finale “Lord I’m Coming”, a gospel tear-jerker infused with the gutter-optimist spirit of Soft Cell, Friday faces midlife regret head-on and ekes out glimmers of personal triumph.

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