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info opinion


"The Ellipsis" CD

Series Two

Genre: electronic pop

Bristol, UK

November 2009

On The Ellipsis, Cajita's Jay Chakravorty provides lo-fi, electronic-infused pop music. The songs themselves are a tad inconsistent - ultimately, this bedroom CDR might have benefitted from being somewhat shorter - but there are several promising moments present on here. In terms of influence, Chakravorty seems to draw inspiration from those-usual-suspects Radiohead, as well as other digital pop misfits like The Postal Service and DNTEL. On blissfully infectious "Don't Panic" and spacey "Daybreak," the band is at their best - weaving expansive atmosphere with the types of hooks necessary to keep a pop album going. However, even these songs could use more polish; the latter, "Daybreak," would have benefitted by a more organized composition and a more gripping chorus. Meanwhile, the Windsor for the Derby-esque post-rock of "Stand-Up Comic" ranks as the album's most enticing moment - its pulsing bassline and resplendent horns excuse the vaguely droning vocals.

Echoing the album's problem as a whole, several songs on The Ellipsis go on for too long without enough to say - the drum machines become bland and tedious, and the compositions reveal themselves to be repetitious and lacking in direction. "Constant" and "You Ought to Know" are prime offenders - even the neat, DNTEL-esque electronics of the latter can't save it from being too drawn out and uninteresting. Ultimately, Chakravorty's project shows a lot of promise, and The Ellipsis boasts several strong songs of its own. However, some more time in the cooker will no doubt benefit Cajita in the long run.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]