Delicate keys and Helen Hammill’s wistful voice meets you at the outset of Mirrors and it’s enough to wipe away the stresses of the week. Opening track Love On Your Hands gives you four minutes of time to reflect, to chill, and to remind yourself of what’s important.By Graeme Smith
Cattle & Cane unashamedly wear their Fleetwood Mac influence on their sleeves and why not? There aren’t many better bands to look up to and Cattle & Cane seek to emulate their range as much as their sound. The quiet moment of Love on Your Hands is broken by the upbeat 7 Hours, which hits you with twanging guitar, persistent beat and vocal harmonies. Fool For You is possibly the most sweetly melodic song since The Feeling’s Fill My Little World before Dealing With The Devil brings things back down. Four tracks in, you’ve already been on an emotional journey.
Make Your Vision is perhaps the album highlight. Helen’s voice is captivating and the beat is at its pop best, reminiscent of current chart favourite Oh Wonder. It’s a definite crowd-pleaser. Another highlight is the Paul Simon-esque Saviour.
Cattle & Cane fill a niche in the music market that has fallen out of fashion but is still very much in demand. It was cruelly called “Mom Rock” more than a decade ago and never managed to shift the stigma.
Mirrors is the second release from Cattle & Cane and its attracting attention from all the right places. It’s not surprising. Despite its sometimes-retro feel, there is something for everyone on this album. Currently on tour, it would be worth catching them at a venue near you before they hit the big time.
Cattle & Cane play at The Wardrobe, Leeds on Saturday 6 May 2017. Mirrors is available now.