Cellular Cat is an artist from Finland who released a four-song eponymous EP Cellular Cat. The project apparently goes back to 2008. This music is completely instrumental and the majority of the songs reminded me of music you would hear in a video game. Chiptune is nothing new and that’s the genre this music falls into. There are tons of synths, sine waves and more which are related to early video games from the ’80s.
Up first is “Dash” which is indicative of what you will hear on the EP. The song is well done with a nice assortment of familiar video game sounding synths. It’s all about the layering yet there is still the main synth which sounds like a pretty basic sine wave creating the main melody. The driving drums and lower bass synths really give the song a forward moving momentum.
“Morning Budgie” is another solid song with an organ like synth leading the way. There are times when an additional lead melody comes in. The drums and bass do an effective job keeping the energy up here as well. “All of the Above” continues to form the foundation with a very similar energy. “Altyen” is the most dynamic song in the batch and felt like the most intense like I was facing the final boss.
I was reading about this release and the artist said on top of the video game influence there was post-punk and new wave. Post-punk is something I grew up on with a steady diet of Joy Division, Wire and The Cure. I can’t say I hear anything in the music that resembles post-punk. That being said I think you could make a little better case for New Wave because of the synth heavy songs that started to manifest with bands like New Order.
I really felt like I was playing a video game and perhaps this has something to do with my age. This was the music I was raised on in a way. I grew up playing video games on the original Nintendo and then Sega Genesis. The songs on this release gave me the feeling of nostalgia for playing Metroid and Castlevania amongst other titles. However, I would give Cellular Cat more credit. The songs on here sound better than those songs ever did mainly because this sounds like a full band with an actual drum kit and driving bass. This music is most likely not something you are going to listen to if you just had a breakup but it does serve a very niche purpose.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook