Century Ballroom, Seattle, WA
Eric Anderson writes the kind of mellow pop musings that are fit to serve as the soundtrack to your twenty-slash-thirty-somethings. Ripe with sweet refrains, catchy beats, lonesome—yet ultimately hopeful—themes, the ten tracks on Keepers, his upcoming album under the Cataldo moniker, will have you nerding out on young love and loss like you just stepped out of a Cameron Crowe film.
While it’s really no surprise, as Cataldo’s been on the radar for a hot minute, the new record is full of dynamically brilliant songcraft. Just check the already released singles “Photograph” and “Person You’d Be Proud Of” for a taste. There are near-disco melodies, majestic horns, and self-effacing declarations refined with the ear of an introverted perfectionist. There are Tom Petty-meets-Peter Gabriel moments. There are lyrical gems, candy-coated precociousness, homages to tender memories.
No matter how many times you listen, there’s something new to discover, and Anderson’s got a work of earnest humanity and ecstatic indie-pop stylings on his hands. Set to release April 28 via Red Pepper Records and as the first release on Molly Moon’s employees-only Mooncrew Records, Keepers will be available in-shop on vinyl a week early.
Pick up a copy and catch Anderson delivering a special solo performance at the Capitol Hill ice cream spot this Saturday, April 22nd at noon. Then we suggest finding a date to Nerd Prom, Cataldo’s extra-special Seattle release show. It’s being hosted by KEXP and Artist Home at Century Ballroom on April 28th. It will feature DJ sets from Ben Gibbard, Sharlese Metcalf, Marco Collins, Chris Staples, and Kathleen Tarrant.
I’d leave you a ticket link, but hopefully you’ve already lined that up given that this party sold out in record time. That’s right, even the “deluxe” ticket packages with their complimentary corsages and boutonnieres, early entry, and photos with the Cataldo band got swept up. If there’s a shortage on vintage formal wear at the local thrift shops, you know why.
Preview by Stephanie Dore
Photo by Megumi Shauna Arai