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Caitlin - EP Review: States

12 Aug 2022 // A review by Kev Rowland

Here we have the debut EP from young Christchurch-based indie-pop musician Caitlin (Caitlin Bradley) who is currently studying at Ara Music Arts in the city. She took the songs to Ryan Chin (Fisherman), and together with Will McGillivray (Goodwill), Thomas Isbister, and Shaun Malloch they worked to capture her innocent vocals and songs in a manner which brings together lots of different styles. She says she has been heavily inspired by Julia Jacklin, Faye Webster, and Spacey Jane, yet she also brings in dream pop elements from the likes of Jazmine Mary while there are also hints of French For Rabbits and some folk. The result is five songs which are quite different yet linked, so while June has a more Latin feel, Let Me Down is more Flying Nun.

The arrangements are key as they contain plenty of space, so her vocals feel supported but never overwhelmed and it is a collection which is mature and seems far beyond her years until one realises both her parents are full-time musicians. She was recommended to Ryan as he is experienced in multiple genres and it is obvious that they are very much on the same wavelength as he has mixed and produced this with care, allowing Caitlin to always be the focus of attention but still allowing her vocals to contain innocence and naivety. The use of wavering and distorted guitar in the background of Kitchen is inspired, as while Caitlin is at her most delicate in the front (this song, out of all of them, is the one which can be imagined as just being vocals and acoustic guitar), there is a lot going on in the background which provides depth and breadth without ever changing the focus.

Somehow, they have managed to produce an EP which feels commercial and radio-friendly without compromising on the original ideals, and the result is something which listeners can enjoy the very first time of playing and yet get more from it as it is lived with.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Caitlin

Indie-pop artist Caitlin strikes listeners with her frank lyricism paired with soundscapes that support the honesty of her music. Caitlin was influenced by country and folk music growing up with her full-time musicians parents. Over the span of her career, she has been able to take the honest story-telling aspects of these genres and transfer them into a sound which she resonates with in the indie-pop genre.

Inspired by indie-pop sensations Julia Jacklin, Faye Webster and the New Zealand breakthrough indie dream-pop band There’s a Tuesday, the songwriter has defined her unique sound in the genre. After having great success with her debut pop single We’re Starting a Fire (2019) receiving over 100k listens, Caitlin is prepping to define her space in the Indie-pop genre with a new EP coming out in August 2022. Produced and mixed by Ryan Fisherman, Hardly is the first single of many to come with exciting new music not far around the corner for this young songwriter.

“I’m so excited to share this music I’ve been creating over the past year with Ryan Fisherman. It feels like a long time coming, and I’m finally ready to share my sound with the public. I hope people hear the passion and care that has gone into these upcoming releases.”

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Year: 2022
Type: EP

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