Updated: Apr 6, 2020
(WARNING: This might contain sensitive language for young readers. But you'll live.)
I’m not a cat person. But I love cats. Like many of the women I care about, I may not understand them, but they're cool to be around……... or something like that.
Anyways- It’s pretty hard to catch my attention with an EP about cats, but a little known guitarist from Edinburgh somehow did it.
When you first start this record, you start to think you’re gonna hear the most wacked out hour of music since Kid Cudi’s Speedin Bullet to Heaven. But boy does patience pay off! F***ing Meow! pretty much sums up the album’s sound: A pendulum swing between groovy My Morning Jacket-like jam rock into Primus-like heavy guitar riffs in 30-second riffs. Also, he like cats.
Beware Vacoom! Has been previously reviewed on A Quick 5:
"The first 30 seconds seem like a non-sensical ode to a cat, until Flynn’s Ego drops into a heavy rock jam behind an Ice Cube verse sample that shifts the beat from calm to metal only as Les Claypool could. I’m left wishing Ice Cube had jumped on the Rage Against the Machine wave after releasing 'The Predator'."
Dreamies needs an animation video of a kitten dream. This upbeat jam would be received well in a show at your local garage or a mid-afternoon set at a big city festival. The s*** would go viral. And holy f*** the purring paired with the guitar fingerpicking at the end is relaxing and incredibly adorable. This track perfectly encapsulates an adventurous summer day with you feline pal... at least I think so. Again, I'm not a cat person.
Did Flynn’s Ego really have to directly reference Kenny McCormick’s cat piss addiction in Territorial Sprayings, though? The song is dope, though.
Getting Stuck Up Trees in easy my favorite track from this album. It’s just so groovy and happy for a song about a cat possibly stuck up in a tree. Thanks for the Kanye sample. I hope that Flynn’s Ego will release this track as a single. Fans of Hiatus Kaiyote and the Roots with eat this up.
Bottom Line: Let a cat put classic hip-hop, Les Claypool, a South Park DVD, some magic mushrooms into a blender; that cat will either die, or come up with this. The more I listen to this project, the more enjoyable it gets. Great laughs and good music. Thoughtful music surrounded by chaos. Boy, never has feline obsession gone this hard.
If you like Primus, Foo Fighters, pre-1995 Red Hot Chili Peppers, Captain Beefheart or anything avant-garde, you’ll find some gems in this EP.
First Listen: 6.5/10
Deep Listen: 7/10
The Best: Dreamies, Beware Vacoom!, bad catnip leads to a bad cat trip, Getting Stuck Up Trees
The So-So: F***ing Meow
The Meh: Territorial Sprayings
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primary genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chill hop, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.