French For Cartridge – Oooh! 7″



Who are French For Cartridge, aside from responsible for sickly MS Paint-esque artwork? They’re art-pop duo Catherine Hontz and Henri Vaxby, a pair of European musicians who met at London’s Goldsmiths College. You might know them via the older moniker of Cartridge, a name apparently abandoned after a few line-up changes. And now to abandon the press release-harvested introduction and move on to the music itself.

This 7″ boasts two tracks, each a curious slice of pop music. A-side ‘Oooh!’ is my favourite of the two as it’s a weirder affair. It switches neurotically back and forth between stylistically distinct song parts not unlike an indie-pop Mr. Bungle, mixing oompah rhythms, delicate ride cymbal tickling, stark chords and vocal hums together in under two minutes. Vocally it’s oddball, mostly consisting of gentle wordplay. I’m not sure if there’s more to it than that but it’s a fun track.

B-side ‘Picture Negative’ is a more typical affair, a slice of guitar pop with dual vocals and a verse that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Gomez tune. I have to admit to stealing the Gomez comparison, which I read somewhere last month. I think it may have been a Norman Records mailout, so apologies to them for my plagiarism! It’s spot-on, though. The chorus is a pleasing affair with more piano and some warm synths underpinning the guitar work. It won’t blow you away, but it’s a good track.

You can listen to both tunes on their MySpace page – see link below. (I feel a bit funny offering sample tracks from seven inches, especially when I only really recommend one of them!)

French For Cartridge website | Their MySpace page

2 Responses to “French For Cartridge – Oooh! 7″”
  1. Martin says:

    aside from responsible for sickly MS Paint-esque artwork?

    Reminds me a bit of People Will Always Need Plates.

  2. Shaun CG says:

    That is verging on the uncanny.