On the Radar: C.A.R. – Strange Ways

C.A.R Oraf Orafsson
C.A.R © Oraf Orafsson

If you like your music a bit weird and wonderful then join The Waveform Transmitter’s Andy Weights as he takes a look at the diverse, synth-pop artist, C.A.R.

Chloe Raunet, or C.A.R. as she likes to be known, is a co-host of the Latete Atoto show on NTS Radio, she was a member of the Kill the DJ band Battant prior to releasing her debut album My friend in 2014.

Canadian artist C.A.R. is a self-described fan of the weirder edges of electronic music and the Valentine’s day release of the new Strange Ways EP follows a number of releases. She has previously appeared on labels like Ivan Smagghe’s Les Disques De La Mort, Watergate Records and Kill The DJ.

Be ready to dip your toes into the synth-pop sea, lapping onto the beaches of krautrock sand, under a sardonic pop sky while dark trance lullabies are carried on the atmospheric wind.

Amnesia stands out most, for us, on the Strange Ways EP.

It meets us with a mellow, rounded bass swell and sinister 909 hi-hat. A dark vocal orchestration brilliantly sets the mood for the hooky synth to lure us towards the psychedelic Detroit disco dancefloor. From here on in C.A.R.’s vocals weave a hypnotic ride until the song prods and pokes the senses into overdrive. A track that may catch the attention of some discerning ears on the dancefloor in 2017.

Title track Strange Ways is a post-punk, synth-pop journey with a catchy vocal chorus. The track shows a love of vintage synths with a very 80s edge. The track is awash with an atmosphere that places you in the middle of a misty dancefloor at midnight, in another place and another time.

The final track named All But soothes us with a more mellow atmospheric feel, drawn out strings bow in and out with an accumulation of beeps and clunks building towards an impressive final vocal foray.

Strange Ways EP will be available exclusively on the C.A.R. Bandcamp on February 14th. The release is accompanied by a homemade video and self-made artwork, in a return to Chloe’s DIY roots.

We cannot wait for a release of the EP. With a song titled Amnesia, you’ll be so drawn in by the alluring sound you may just forget what day it is.

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