il gato originally was conceived as a performance art piece by Gainesville, Florida native Daimian Holiday Scott while studying architecture in Vicenza, Italy. Guayaveras, the Italian language, the Spanish language, and covers of Enrique Inglesias and Boyz II Men were to abound. Perhaps thankfully, most of the original ideas have took their departure and a new, more unhinged face has arose.
The current incarnation of il gato may best be described as indie-baroque-folk. Utilizing the repetition of the loop pedal and a broad pallette of instrumentation (acoustic guitar, trumpet, violin, harmonica, melodica, banjo, drums) in the hopes of creating a sense of awe, or, moreso, to create beauty and then to destroy it only to see it live once again.
Falling somewhere between old Country Folk Blues artists (Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, etc.), Neutral Milk Hotel, Modest Mouse, Andrew Bird, The Arcade Fire, M. Ward, Phillip Glass, The Dirty Three, Devotchka and Beirut, il gato is emerging in it's own space and surely will keep growing and changing as if there was really a choice.
We have been on the bill with Jesse DeNetale, Tom Brosseau, The Felice Brothers, Beat Beat Whisper, Frank Black of the Pixies (almost), The Ferocious Few, Origami Ghosts, Moomaw, Ash Reiter, Annie Bacon and her O-shen and other quality acts.
Additionally, il gato songs have been played on radio stations (Indie 101.3FM, SomaFM), listed on blogs (LargeHearted Boy, etc.) and enjoyed by many.
Currently, the lone release has been a stripped-down album, "conversationmusic", released in 2007 via Pari Passu Records. The band is currently in preparation for the forthcoming album which should be released in Winter 2009.