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Sit Kitty Sit

The Push

Review by Gary Hill

This EP is fascinating. It’s also quite entertaining. Sit Kitty Sit is a duo, Kat Downs (vocals and piano) and Mike Thompson (drums). That means there are no guitars or other instrumentation. Somehow, it feels like there is bass guitar present, but it could be the bass end of the piano. However you slice it, though, this music rocks and is also very progressive in nature. It’s unique and captivating. You never feel like anything is missing here. This is a great set that will leave listeners anxiously awaiting more from Sit Kitty Sit. There are many references to classic progressive rock artists here, but it’s also quite new.

Track by Track Review
Purge

A rather classically based piano sound is combined with a driving rock rhythm section. This serves as the backdrop for the vocals. It’s a combination that has some jazz built into it, but also reminds me quite a bit of something Renaissance might have done, if they rocked out a bit more. There’s a jarring screaming section at the end.

In the Morning
In many ways, the music that serves as the backdrop here has an Emerson, Lake and Palmer kind of texture. The vocals bring a more artsy air, like performance art. It’s a great combination.
Out of Style
The piano that drives this is very classical in nature. The vocals are more gentle early on than those heard on the previous pieces. In some ways, the vocal performance here calls to mind Tori Amos. The song rocks out a lot more as it carries on, but then drops back to just piano mid-track for a reprise of the earlier sections.
Raven
The piano that opens this really calls to mind Tori Amos. As it builds it’s dramatic and powerful. The cut gets powered out, but also drops back to a gentle and dramatic piano based section. It’s another that’s just plain awesome. It’s also another where references to Renaissance would be warranted.
The Push
There’s a spoken introduction here. The cut pounds out into a frantic jam that’s very aggressive and rather RIO-like. It’s got a real rocking sound and has some hints of Tori Amos on show. There is a punk rock, or perhaps post punk element here along with some jazz.
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