CATHERINE ELMS - 'So Far From Whole' CD review
You may know Catherine from one of a number of places; for her involvement in zines (and her blog SPILL THE ZINES), her work for the Swansea Feminist Network, or even for this, her solo musical project. I know, busy lady, right? Anyway, this four track EP is her latest (and I believe third?) release, and is a bit of a cracker. There'll be obvious comparisons to make to TORI AMOS, KATE BUSH and PJ HARVEY, but Catherine, who contributes piano / keyboards, bass, and vocals to her tracks, with guitars and drums coming from a selection of family and friends, brings a fantastic rock / grunge vibe to the table, making for a really full, powerful, and dark yet emotional listening experience, with a strong feminist backbone, including lyrics about a woman's right to be on stage instead of in the crowd. Personally my two faves on here are the last two; 'Not Enough' for that brilliant, chant-like chorus, and the closing title track for the wonderful piano melody, but a great EP all round.