A while back we opened the book on the awkwardly-named, but mighty talented Plates Of Cake. Lead singer Jonathan Byerley dropped us a line yesterday to let us know he has packed up his guitar, his uber-literate musings and his noteworthy croon, and set off on his inaugural solo voyage. Catherine Market, available on July 10th from La Société Expéditionnaire, is a bit of a throwback; a singer-songwriter record that eschews many of the pitfalls that drag the genre into the quagmire of cliche.
Catherine Market finds Byerley returning to his childhood home state of Colorado, a far cry from Byerley’s current Brooklyn home. Holed up in Boulder, Colorado at Rockbox Analog Fidelity, he stretches his songs into heretofore unimagined territories, with a baritone that splits the difference between Mark Knopfler and Matt Berninger. Lead single I Still Pull the Silver (From the Penny Drawer) is a slow-buzzin’ stream of consciousnous smiler sure to find favor with fans of Leonard Cohen, Lambchop and Dylan’s “dream” songs. Now if we can just figure out what the title means.