Cayn Borthwick Band
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"Cayn Borthwick Band - Volume 1"

Cayn Borthwick Band enter the realm of lo-fi with their seven track EP, Volume 1. Borthwick, originally pert of local act Dardanelles, offers his first solo release, alongside new band-mates Kent Windress and Tyler Kuulberg. Instead of striving for perfect fidelity, the aim was obviously the opposite, believing this would showcase the purset ideal of the music itself. Recoded wholly in Borthwicks home, the sound is under-developed, raw, yet beautifully uncomplicated, similar to Julie Ruin. At times you may miss the sound of a hi-fi recording, but overall it's obvious that no matter the circumstance, Borthwick tunes work.

Produced, recorded and mixed by Borthwick himself, 30ml opens proceedings with unprocessed drums, tambourines, intricate beats and Borthwick in saxophone, bass and guitar. Like any good instrumental track it takes you on a journey, at times sounding somewhat similar to the Strokes. Whiskey Mumma opens with crispy beats, a driving melody and a raw heartfelt vocal. He sings about 'wasting time' with bad mannered drink.

Snow is the first time you really get to hear Borthwicks voice, his story begins to unfold, wild and lush, opposed to the music which is fun and boisterous. What makes the track though, is his vocal performance, delivered almost with a cockney accent it's overpowering. In Steal of Justice, Borthwick undoes his dramatic side, we're presented with a circus gone wrong, with harping saxophone and wild screaming. Frosting, however is the highlight, a truly special track, almost reminiscent of a train ride through country landscape. The vocal is smooth, laced with emotion, as he yodels into the sunset.

Volume 1 is a welcome introduction, fueled with talent and feeling. Borthwick has a lot to offer, not only is he multi skilled (playing most instrument) he show he is not afraid to take risks, pushing the boundaries of production and musicianship.

Eliza Hull, Beat magazine 10/06/09 - Beat Nagazine


Discography

Single "Snow" Independent - April 09
EP "Volume 1" MGM - May 09

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This Melbourne-based band's experimental mishmash of electronics, indie guitar rock, free jazz, funk, soul, trashy dreamscapes and occasional yodeling recalls the adventurous mix of music on early TV on the Radio albums whilst also invoking the likes of Joy Division, David Bowie, Tom Waits and even Trentemoller.
Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/producer Cayn Borthwick (The Legs, Tiger Funk, Dead River Deeps, Dardanelles) teamed up with percussionist Kent Windress in late 2008 to form Cayn Borthwick Band. In the ensuing haze, Borthwick and Windress created Sketches, a bizarre lo-fi collection of soundscapes and songs, burnt and packaged at home with two-dollar shop materials, then left in the pamphlet sections of cafes in Melbourne. A buzz grew around the duo, and the band filled out with the addition of bassist Tyler Kuulberg in April 2009.

Snow is the first single of their debut EP, the genre bending Volume 1.