Pop music, when done right, generally have a few goals in mind. The music is designed to make us feel happy, feel heard, and give us something easy to relate to. Lead vocalist and guitarist James Howard, Adam Hepner on drums, and Justin Jacobs on guitar releases a combination of those goals in “Love Somebody.” The Catalina‘s debut EP release is a modern pop twist on 80’s rock. Think of bands like The Police or The Band CAMINO, except embedded with Midwest charm.
To say they’ve lept out of the gate is an understatement with just over 62,000 streams of their opening track “Love Somebody” on Spotify. The gated reverb snare drum takes you back, while the clean guitar and vocals spring forward. The simplistic message of unrequited love is channeled into a warm sonic atmosphere screams for more. The chorus gives us this echo’ed squelch that once you hear, will stick in your head. Followed up with a seamless bridge and catchy keyboard instrumental break, “Love Somebody” is the perfect giddy up to the start of the EP.
Every intro on the 5 song EP are hooks in themselves. The start of “La Vie en Rose” triggers Will Smith ala Fresh Prince, but quickly expands to another shiny pop gem. The Catalina build on their strength of expressing young emotions in a very authentic way. Translated as “Life in happy hues,” the song tells of an adventurous woman traveling on red-eye flights and silently slipping away.
“There she goes
Caught up dreaming in la vie en rose
She’s got everything
Always seeing it right
Pink shades all the time
I wish that I could see through her eyes”
The final track on the EP, “Fine Line (Looking at You)” explodes with drums and a change of intensity from the other songs. Crafted with vulnerability and longing, the proportion of emotions to sound expands. The Catalina quell their emotions into a relatable twist of lyrical lines that promote happiness and make us feel heard.
“Love Somebody” is a powerful pop start to a young Minneapolis band. Forging a positive path in today’s oftentimes depressing world, The Catalina know how to add a layer of happiness and sheen that is already connecting to a larger audience. It’s a great reminder to love first and let your feelings lay on the sleeve.
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