Baltimore band Fractal Cat emphasizes classic songwriting, a strong vocal presence, and a multilayered psychedelic sound. Originally the solo studio endeavor of songwriter Miles Gannett, the project evolved into a five-piece rock ensemble. Fractal Cat weaves pop song and vocal craft influenced by greats from Buddy Holly to Smokey Robinson with sonic exploration in the spirit of early Pink Floyd and Gong.
The band grew out of Gannett’s studio efforts, over the course of recording their first album, The Eye in the Dawn (released October 2012). Inspired by the psychedelic experience and a journey of spiritual awakening, The Eye in the Dawn pays homage to the great theme albums of the sixties and seventies.
The Eye in the Dawn features the classical harp and keyboard of Meghan Gwyer, the jazz/Afro-beat influenced drumming of Jason Baker, the electronic sound-wizardry of Joe Clark, the acoustic rhythm guitar of Keith Jones, the dubbed-out bass of Andy Myatt, and Gannett’s lysergic lead guitar and production. Gannett handles the majority of lead vocals, with Jones lending harmonies on several tracks. Several guest musicians have also made contributions to the album, including Chris Mandra of Telesma, Tiffany DeFoe of The Bellevederes, and Sean Finn of Great Mutant Skywheel and Sahffi.
Playing live, the band modulates between sample-rich re-creations of studio sounds and psychedelic improvisation. Whether showcasing original compositions or re-envisioning rock ‘n’ roll classics, Fractal Cat aims to delight and inspire.