"Caterpillar Daydreams" does pop with a classical feel. The lyrics are a beautiful contrast of ethereal images sung in a musing style that feels like rough velvet. For most of these songs, acoustic guitar notes dance over lush string arrangements.
These songs are a mystical experience. The first track, "2:00am," is a dark, crashing, echoed rock sound that feels like something a melancholy Alice Cooper would do. Then we go into “Eggshells,” with its unexpected clarity and honesty that continues through the rest of the CD. The lyrics of "Eggshells" describe creatures of darkness and despair being nurtured by a vision of purity.
The keyboards and strings are dreamily perfect for these mystical songs. The band does gear up a bit on "Earth Diving", which actually grows into an acoustic rocker for a brief interlude, with the vocal growing into a frustrated near-yell before the song quiets back down. But for the most part, these songs are beautifully sad.
“The album is a wonderful mix of intricate guitar, soft percussion, tortured vocals, and textured piano. Collette knows his music and this record brings a wonderful blend of a variety of different sounds and showcases his undeniable talent.
"2:00 a.m.," the album’s opener, begins with some strange sounds and ambient noise as it builds towards a drudgy and awkward track. A dirty guitar sound and Cure-sque vocals are prominent, and, when compared to the rest of the album, one wonders if it is even the same band. The next song, "Eggshells," changes tones completely. The guitar is quiet and melancholy, and the overall tone is beautiful. Aching vocals and great atmosphere bring us closer into the world of the tune. Think Red House Painters meets a quiet R.E.M. Great song.
Caterpillar Daydreams gives the listener a glimpse of the diversity and talent of Collette. The record is a solid one, and indie rock fans should take notice.”
Delusions of Adequacy
“A very diverse album that sure doesn’t give you any indication as to it’s depth by either the band’s name, or the album title. It’s the product of a 3 piece out of the US & the style is a whole mix of things, so it’s possibly best to leave comparisons alone for the moment.
The opening track 2:00 am alone with my big 29″ Lover is almost out on it’s own, as a very raw edged piece of work, capturing the spirit & a little of the sound of Neil Young’s more guitar prone moments, while others, like Eggshells (Hardboiled) grab a handful of keyboards to go along with the guitars, pushed a little more on my pick track Waterfalls, which is a softer feel altogether. There’s sure something here for just about anyone & I reckon you’d do well to take a look for yourself.”