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Cat Clyde

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Bio

Cat Clyde’s 3rd album is a wonder of deeply felt songwriting, a record that finds the Canadian singer-songwriter marveling at what’s around her while considering her own place within it all. With ten songs on the album, Down Rounder possesses an intimate and personal feel, transporting the listener to the recording studio as she performs these hair-raising tunes with confidence and passion. It’s a strong step forward as a songwriter and musician, as well as an immensely satisfying record for anyone looking to connect the loose threads between themselves and the outside world.

Work on Clyde’s follow-up to 2019’s spellbinding Hunters Trance began in her Quebec home studio in 2020, with plans to self-produce the record with her partner Strummer Jasson, in their cabin residence—recording was unexpectedly halted after an encroaching mold issue upended plans entirely. “It was difficult,” she recalls, “We were trudging forward, and it all fell apart. It was disappointing.” After moving out and returning back home, Clyde got in touch with producer Tony Berg. As the pair went through the finished material, they stripped back the songs once more, carefully digging into the details of everything. “I really learned a lot and enjoyed the experience,” Clyde recalls. “He gave me a lot of new tools and inspiration to connect more deeply to my songwriting and guitar playing.”

Berg’s schedule lined up with only a week’s notice in Los Angeles’ famed Sound City studios to lay down the entirety of Down Rounder in six days flat. “The musicians he brought in were really in tune with me right away,” she explains. “I feel I’ve really grown in my writing, and after struggling with collaboration in the past it felt good to really create with others while maintaining my own clear vision. I wanted these songs to have a live feel, because it was about capturing a moment to me.” Indeed, the record sounds both lively and lived-in, with Clyde’s malleable singing voice—spanning an appealing twang to a lovely, plaintive croon and anywhere in between—espousing an essential connection between our spiritual center and the natural world that surrounds us.

“Connecting with the natural environment around me inspired a lot of these songs, and sonically I feel like this record is very grounded as a result,” Clyde says while talking about the album’s thematic bend. “I wanted these songs to sound raw and rough, but also placed-together in a way that created—a simple beauty, like the changing seasons or a setting sun.” Keeping that bucolic perspective also drove the decision to include “I Feel It” and “The Gloom,” two songs whose recordings date back to the early Quebec sessions: “I wanted to still have that isolated perspective somewhere in the album, and those recordings still came together within the larger whole, too.”

The result is an album that stands as a crown jewel in a career that already includes millions of monthly streams across multiple platforms and placements on over 40 Spotify editorial playlists. On the expansive first single “Mystic Light,” Clyde takes on existential matters over chiming bells and an open-hearted melodic structure. “It’s a song about wanting to understand my journey and purpose,” she explains while talking about the song. “I’m exploring feelings of adriftness, asking for the mystery or magic of life to show her face so I can remember what it’s all for.”

Featuring lyrics that address the feeling of overstimulation and being emotionally overwhelmed, the bare and haunting second single “I Feel It” also marks the first time Clyde has played piano on recording. “I felt a bit nervous about playing the piano because I don’t see myself as a very strong player,” she states regarding the decision, “but it felt like it was just what the song needed.” And the driving third single “Papa Took My Totems” finds Clyde reflecting on the ravaging effects of colonialism, the state of the environment, and masculine-dominated society at large. “There’s a lot of sacredness that’s being destroyed in the world, and that’s difficult to deal with sometimes,” she explains. “Totems, to me, feel like places and things that are important and real, to witness the destruction of things like that is devastating”.

Over the breezy sway of the opening track and final single “Everywhere I Go,” Clyde ruminates on “letting go of things no longer needed, while keeping hold of things you hold true.” And Down Rounder indeed sounds like the work of someone who’s found themselves artistically and holistically, while extending a hand to any listener who wants to follow Clyde on her singular and thrilling path. But it’s also represents a bold leap forward for her as an artist, cementing her place on the map as a nourishing and essential voice in today’s musical landscape.

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Tour Dates

Jul 26 2024
FloydFest 2024
Check, VA
Jul 27 2024
Calgary Folk Music Festival 2024
Calgary, Canada
Aug 29 2024
End of the Road 2024
Tollard Royal, United Kingdom
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Aug 30 2024
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival 2024
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 04 2024
The Workmans Cellar
Dublin, Ireland
Sep 05 2024
Winthrop Avenue
Cork, Ireland
Sep 06 2024
Kasbah Social Club
Limerick, Ireland
Sep 07 2024
Phil Grimes
Waterford, Ireland
Sep 10 2024
McChuills
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 11 2024
Yes
Manchester, United Kingdom
Sep 12 2024
The Lexington
London, United Kingdom
Sep 14 2024
Pop Up
Paris, France
Sep 15 2024
Leffingeleuren 2024
Middelkerke, Belgium
Sep 16 2024
Botanique
Bruxelles, Belgium
Sep 18 2024
AMOR
Antwerpen, Belgium
Oct 05 2024
Rock The Muse 2024
Stratford, Canada

News

05/21/2021

Cat Clyde Releases ‘Blue Blue Blue’ album with Jeremie Albino

CAT CLYDE AND JEREMIE ALBINONew Album 'Blue Blue Blue' Is Out NowCLICK HERE TO LISTENNew Music Video For The Single “What Am I Living For” Out NowCLICK HERE TO WATCH"While soothing bluesy tones…

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07/27/2020

Livestream Today – Monday, July 27th!

Cat Clyde Bandsintown Livestream Series 4pm ET https://www.twitch.tv/bandsintown   LSDREAM Meditation and Spiritual Hang (recurring event) 5pm ET https://www.twitch.tv/lsdream_music/   Grace Potter Monday Night Twilight Hour (recurring event) 8pm ET…

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07/24/2020

Livestream Today – Friday, July 24th!

  Caylee Hammack Facebook Live with Chris Country UK 3pm ET https://www.facebook.com/cayleehammack   Craig Morgan Fridays at Four (recurring event) 5pm ET (4pm CT) https://www.facebook.com/craigmorganmusic/   Cat Clyde Rockwood Music…

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