New Music Critique: Kaatii

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Contact: kara@paintedbird.com
Web: kaatii.com
Seeking: Label
Style: Alt-Rock, Bedroom-Pop

You don’t expect a deep, probing intelligence––with a voice to match––from a 14-year-old artist, but that’s exactly what Kaatii delivers, and there’s a strong hand at the production controls to bring her songs to fruition. The moody, atmospheric “Dreamland,” from its resonant lead vocal to its banshee backup harmonies, is immediately engrossing. Kaatii brings a haunting sweetness to “Afraid of the Dark,” a peek at her private world that has a nice, almost-singalong chorus. “Swept Up” has a grunge-like soft-loud-soft structure and an instantly relatable message––her refusal to be sucked into our culture’s addiction to online confrontation. No question this Dallas-based artist is a precocious talent.

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