Pavlov’s Cat


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Does the name Pavlov’s Cat ring a bell? We know about 1904 Nobel Prize winner the Russian physiologist Pavlov and his experiments on dogs but cats are altogether smarter and more cynical. Pavlov’s Cat is the project of London based singer-songwriter James Hibbins and occupies the musical territory fast becoming recognised under the genre label ‘Acoustic’. This 2002 eight track mini-album features the four piece, mostly acoustic, lineup of Hibbins (voice, acoustic guitar), Nick Anderson (electric & acoustic basses, vocals), Darren Tansley (piano, Hammond organ, vocals, whistles) and Ken Holland (bodhran).  Recorded in short, intensive stints over 2 weeks, the album has an organic feel and rolling, darkly melodic sound. Tracks include anthemic live favourite Rain Song, a sparkling arrangement of the English traditional song Death & the Lady and a reworking of The Wind and the Rain from the end of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The cast of characters could have walked out of a darker Sondheim musical or sprung from the warped mind of Richard Thompson.
“Pavlov’s Cat play well, sing well & write very good songs. Highly recommended!”
Clive Gregson – singer-songwriter, Nanci Griffith, Richard Thompson Band.
“….an interesting mix of traditional & original songs…I really like it”
Mike Harding – BBC Radio 2
“Determinedly acoustic….an eye on life’s shadowy side”
fRoots Magazine
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