I have a sort of love/hate relationship with Cats on Fire. Often I think they're very much style over substance - all hundred pound haircuts and carefully placed neckerchiefs, but then they come back and thwack me around the chops with a tune so downright brilliant that I have to forgive them all over again.
Such a song is 'The Hague', Cats on Fire's new download single on Cosy Recordings. Stripped of the forced bluster of many of the band's songs, 'The Hague' is a cuddlefolk (sorry) at its best. It ebbs, it flows, it makes go a bit woozy when the ba-ba-backing vocals come in. It's quite magnificent, to be honest.
The b-side is a live version of 'The Borders of this Land', and you can download the whole shebang for nothing from here.