0800-MOSHI-MOSHI proudly presents thought I saw u in the shop last nite, the second single from all cats are beautiful’s debut EP – the things we made: moshimoshi.plctrmm.to/shop
all cats are beautiful’s Kyle (they/them) and Elena (she/they) describe themselves as “two queer best friends making dance music but for sad people” but that only really scratches the surface of the East London duo’s candlelight post-pop.
First meeting when they both worked at an independent cinema, the pair quickly built a friendship, Elena initially providing input on Kyle’s music before becoming a co-conspirator in her own right. The duo take inspiration from several places – an intricately guitar-led cover of Arthur Russell’s Lucky Cloud earlier this year is one signpost to the their sound, while if you listen carefully to the things we made you might find tributes to Owen Pallett and Frank Ocean – but they’re careful not to weigh themselves with too much outside interference. They don’t need to; the pair have a way of combining multiple small motifs, loops and ideas to paradoxically create a sense of simplicity that’s all of their own.
Of the inspiration for this new single the band say, “when you miss someone you think you see them everywhere. You find yourself turning around to check if the person that just walked past you was them, even if you know it’s impossible, even if they look nothing like the other person but for a split second you were absolutely sure it was them”.
The video was made by Michael Hobdell and Elena across multiple locations in Hackney – “We wanted to use the city as a sort of third character in the video and decided to use locations particularly familiar to us both to give the feeling of being comfortable in a given space with a certain person”.