Claudio Cataldi comes from Palermo in Sicily, creates warm, deep electronic and acoustic sounds, and this EP features three of his own compositions as well as a stunning cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Here She Comes Now’.
Claudio describes his work as, “music from different times and places, but with the same inner mood, and captured with a small mic and a half-broken amp”; he first appeared on a Fruits de Mer release about a year ago with a cover of Syd Barrett’s ‘She Took A Long Cold Look’. On this four-track EP, Claudio has reinterpreted the Lou Reed song, ‘Here She Comes Now’ – giving it the same warmth he brought to the Syd track last year. I read that the song was written by Lou about either his guitar or his girlfriend’s orgasms – the sleeve designer, Martin Ross Butler, has done his best to cover both possibilities.
Elsewhere on this EP, ‘All My Friends Are Here’ is a new song from Claudio that’s heard here for the first time, while ‘Final’ and ‘Ropes And Strings’ are taken from Claudio’s own back-catalogue; by rather nice coincidence, Claudio has his own label, called Seashell Records.