They say you should keep an eye on the quiet ones, but we all know that the loudest voices are often hiding behind their insecurities, and so it is with the larger-than-life personality of CMAT.
The self-proclaimed ‘international teen pop sensation’ has created a comedic social media persona, seasoned with over-the-top line-dancing videos which act as the perfect accompaniment to maudlin pop melodies which swirl around Ciara Mary Alice Thompson’s searingly self-deprecating tales of being unlucky in love in the age of Tinder.
Like any good comedian, CMAT punches herself with far more force than any of the characters which permeate ‘If My Wife New I’d Be Dead’. But make no mistake, CMAT is not a comedian. She is a skilled songwriter who happens to be funny, and this is a very important distinction. While CMAT has injected a much-needed sense of fun into the often-dour Irish pop scene, her material is anything but throwaway.
Far from it. After all, you can’t fake it until you make it unless you have strong foundations, and CMAT displays a keen understanding of country and mainstream pop structures with echoes of Roy Orbison (2 Wrecked 2 Care) and Ray Davies (Groundhog Day), while her colourful one-bedroom kitchen sink melodramas channel the likes of Andy Partridge (XTC) and Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze). Latest single Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend) is reminiscent of Manic Street Preachers at their radio friendly best, while Nashville and Lonely showcase her straight-ahead balladry skills.
Brimming with joyful sing-along moments ‘If My Wife New I’d Be Dead’ establishes CMAT as an essential voice in the Irish music sphere.