12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elizabeth & The Catapult follow up their charming debut, Taller Children, with a polished and carefully crafted chamber-pop record. Where their first release was perky and carefree, The Other Side of Zero has a current of melancholy running through it. This darker mood brings with it some good lyrics by singer and songwriter Elizabeth Ziman especially on the introspective piano ballads that dominate the album. But there is also enough song variety to keep things from getting too heavy or one-dimensional. Tucked among the melodic tales of heartbreak are breezy counterpoints like “You and Me,” “Julian, Darling” and “Go Away My Lover,” the sultry “Worn Out Tune,” and the whimsical “Dreamcatcher.” Buoyed by lush arrangements and layers of strings, percussion, guitar, and warm sonic touches, The Other Side of Zero makes a lovely, low-key statement.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elizabeth & The Catapult follow up their charming debut, Taller Children, with a polished and carefully crafted chamber-pop record. Where their first release was perky and carefree, The Other Side of Zero has a current of melancholy running through it. This darker mood brings with it some good lyrics by singer and songwriter Elizabeth Ziman especially on the introspective piano ballads that dominate the album. But there is also enough song variety to keep things from getting too heavy or one-dimensional. Tucked among the melodic tales of heartbreak are breezy counterpoints like “You and Me,” “Julian, Darling” and “Go Away My Lover,” the sultry “Worn Out Tune,” and the whimsical “Dreamcatcher.” Buoyed by lush arrangements and layers of strings, percussion, guitar, and warm sonic touches, The Other Side of Zero makes a lovely, low-key statement.

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About Elizabeth & The Catapult

Elizabeth & the Catapult focus on the songwriting talents of Elizabeth Ziman, whose music makes room for pop, coffeehouse folk, and downtown jazz. An active musician since childhood, Ziman trained as a classical pianist until the age of 16, at which point she shifted attention toward her voice. The budding entertainer then joined Patti Austin on tour in 2002, singing background vocals for the soul legend for the next 18 months. After returning to New York in 2004, she began piecing together a trio with drummer Danny Molad and guitarist Peter Lalish. Elizabeth & the Catapult released a self-titled EP two years later, having recorded and produced the disc themselves.

After establishing a strong D.I.Y. ethic and attracting attention from (but never signing with) several major labels, the band inked a contract with Verve Records in 2008. Elizabeth & the Catapult then traveled to Nebraska, where they set up shop inside Mike Mogis' Omaha studio. Taking inspiration from the serene surroundings, the band pounded out an album's worth of material at a quick pace and returned to New York shortly thereafter. The resulting record, Taller Children, marked their major-label debut in June 2009. One year later, the group returned with a second album, The Other Side of Zero, whose dark humor was largely inspired by Leonard Cohen's Book of Longing. After an extended break from recording, the group returned with Like It Never Happened on Thirty Tigers at the beginning of 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    2004

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