Promise full-on: mysterious youngster whips up a solid EP for a solo start.
Perhaps, it’s a private club thing because it takes a registration to get to this artist’s website, and possibly it’s a gracious way to remain an enigma. Presumably Italian, multi-instrumentalist Jean Kat had a string of bands – punk, metal, goth, industrial – under his belt, but there’s more traditional edge to the four tracks on Kat’s individual debut.
The riffs of “Tick Tock” set the sense of urgency and depth as Jean’s vibrant voice lulls and rages over the keyboard-paved bedrock, the danceable heaviness dwelling as well in the slightly theatrical drama which is “Louder” with its stinging guitar. Yet the bass-brandishing “White Light” plumbs the desperation in too screaming a way mixing electronic tincture with a weighty clang, and “Hurricane” is too regular, if hefty, a number. Subtlety hinted at, then, a full-blown work would require more variety from the artist; otherwise, his private club will stay empty.