Cathy Davey - End of the End
Final track from “The Nameless” (2010)
1. “End of the End” has no introduction. Instead, it’s got the sound of letting air out of something inflated: two streams twirling down around one another until they’re lost in the atmosphere. It’s the sound that remains once the organs of prior track “Universe Tipping” fade, the choir departs and the drums beat no more; it’s what’s left after maximalism maxes itself out. Cathy Davey is singing this, but that’s the wrong verb. She’s letting these sounds float away on their own accord. You might call her vocals “ghostly,” but it wouldn’t be a ghost like you’re imagining, a figure, but a chill in the room coming from somewhere you can’t see. Her voice is full of personality everywhere else on the album, straining and defiant even when the lyrics call for it not to be. This is the first time she sounds nameless.
I listened to this album more than anything released in 2011, and here is part of why.