Spandex, Lace, Denim, Cashmere…
Long ago the four fabrics lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Denim Dogs attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four fabrics could stop them, but when the world needed her the most, she vanished. Two years went by and my cousin and I discovered the new Avatar, a cashmere cat named Princess Catgirl, and although her hemming (and DJ) skills are great, she still has a lot to learn before she’s ready to save anyone. But I believe Princess Catgirl can save the world.
And that’s how I feel about Princess Catgirl.
Cashmere Cat’s latest release is another solid body of work to add to his unique discography, but it’s still short a few elements from being one of the greatest electronic records of all time.
That doesn’t stop it from being enjoyable though, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun.
In the two years since his last album “9”, Cashmere Cat has retreated from the spotlight, only ever slipping out to let loose a fire single or two, sometimes with Tory Lanez. But, it turns out during his hiatus he had been developing an avatar to match his own shy and coy personality. This norwegian-esque pussycat dressed in teal and salmon cashmere clothes is cute enough to make even Catwoman blush. And that’s the point, its shy character and flirty music plays perfectly into Magnus’s -Cashmere Cat’s real name- brand and sound: a teasing mix of r&b, electronic, with a hint of pop.
But enough about personalities and shit -I have more than James McAvoy in Split but you don’t hear me bragging about it. Let’s look deeper into this new world Cashmere Cat has stitched together for his Princess Catgirl.
The opener, For Your Eyes Only really got me in my feelings yo. It’s classic Cashmere and sets the tone well. The lyrics hint at peeling back some of Princess Catgirl’s enigma too.
Watergirl follows up and Issa Bop. An easy pick for a single and will definitely kill at the shows. Probably my favorite track off the album.
Back for You is cut from a different cloth though. It plays out more like an interlude. It serves its purpose though, slowly and carefully building up to the next song and then right before it transitions and -boom- there’s a climax. Those last 16 seconds are bliss yo. We need more trap-electronic jams from Magnus.
Then there’s “Emotions”. In Indian cultures there are 7 chakras, each one aligned to the different parts of the body and soul. At the top there’s the crown, then the third eye, the throat and finally, smack dab in the middle of things is the heart chakra. That my friends, is what “Emotions” is to Princess Catgirl.
“Emotions” truly is the centerpiece of this short 7 song album. But it took me to hear the whole body of work to put that into context.
Following the heart is “Moo”, a XXXTentacion sampled piece that’s not as tightly knit as I’d like. For starters, I keep hearing “Spotlight” every time X croons “Moonlight”. It’s a little short sighted not to give your audience the satisfaction of hearing the complete phrase at least once.
Without You feels like tribal funk run through a motherboard. That being said though, it’s the only song on the album I don’t like. It breaks the fake falsetto runs that have been playing throughout this whole thing by adding in a normal-ish singing tone. Honestly if this song was cut, I wouldn’t miss it.
FInally, “Princess Catgirl” ends with a self titled song. And as it turns out, Cashmere Cat himself provides the vocals on this one. It’s hot. And it’s the note this album deserves to end on.
All in all, Princess Catgirl’s re-emergence into the world is a familiar one, it closely resembles its predecessors Mirror Maru and Wedding Bells. And that’s its weakness really, it doesn’t feel like a proper evolution, just a more refined version of everything that came before “9”
-at the time though, “9” really felt like Cashmere Cat’s next step and still does today-
While it doesn’t distinguish itself too much from the past, this new reincarnation is still more than welcome to hold our hearts over until Cashmere Cat is reborn again. Lets just hope we don’t have to wait two more years for it.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, here are all of the “animal elements” haha:
Avatar Princess Catgirl
Written by Scott Summers