The Pussywarmers, a little freak circus orchestra originally from the Mediterranean district of Switzerland, teamed up with their Hungarian friend and fellow artist Réka to write and record their third full-length album, I Saw Them Leaving, on Wild Honey Records. Formerly part of the Voodoo Rhythm Record bunch, on which label they released their first two LPs/CDs—My Pussy Belongs to Daddy and The Chronicles of…—The Pussywarmers have switched up this time around. But they didn’t simply switch labels; they switched up their sound more than a little, too.
I Saw Them Leaving departs from the Weimer Republic jazz, waltzes, tangos, experimental folk and bizarre garage rock to embrace an altogether new breed of sound, while somehow holding fast to The Pussywarmers’ core elements. The ten original songs on this particular record possess more of a ‘50s rock’n’roll quality coupled with strange Euro folk, beach beat and romantic dream pop tones. No matter which direction this band goes musically, their sound is decidedly a very unique one, not to mention one that pulls the listener in entirely.
There are a small handful of standout tracks on I Saw Them Leaving. More than the rest, for me, is ‘Feeling of Death.’ That, admittedly, is most likely due to the fact that it is closest to the sound on the Pussywarmers albums which came before this one, with its half-distorted guitar strumming, punctuating beat, and unusual vocals which are somehow dark and light simultaneously. ‘Sunrise’ starts with cymbal and kick drum together with wavering notework on the guitar, and then adds keys and slow vocals with Réka’s lovely echoing voice at the forefront. ‘This Town,’ a bluesy garage rock and surf jazz piece, has an oddly psychedelic quality to it, and gives Réka a chance to really show her stuff. But Pussywarmer vocalist Fabio Pozzorini’s voice together with Réka’s is really something to hear, and that dynamic takes place in more than a couple of these tracks. ‘Something You Call Love,’ the album’s single, has that aforementioned ‘50s rock’n’roll and strange Euro folk thing going on. Réka created a rather interesting video for ‘Something You Call Love.’
Having experienced The Pussywarmers’ earlier efforts and now I Saw Them Leaving, I can only imaging what’s to come in the future from them.