Cat Clyde Kills The Pain On Emotive New Single "All The Black"
Cat Clyde kills the pain. Not aggressively, not dramatically, not even purposely. But when you’re listening to a Cat Clyde song, you’re listening to something so special and so soporific that it somehow manages to slice whatever pain you’re feeling right in half, dicing it and slashing it with every line until there’s nothing left but the dreamy dust of relief. What other voice can do that?
On her newest single, “All The Black,” the Canadian singer-songwriter sings “This may be killing us / But at least it kills the pain.” She doesn’t sound entirely convincing, though, or convinced. It’s a bittersweet story she tells — emphasis on bitter — so she tells it with an ache, flavoring her velvet croon. Among the thumping percussive line and deliciously dark-folk guitar rhythms, Cat delivers a haunting reflection. “All The Black” thrums along slowly, but later, the shadows part for the climax when Cat growls a brief razor-edged conclusion left to sit in the fade-out.
"This song has been with me longer than any other I have written, and I wanted this to be the first single off the new record,” Cat tells The Music Mermaid. “It is very special to me to be finally releasing it, and I’m very excited to have it finally out and in the world!"
Powered by meaning and Cat’s attachment, “All The Black” pulses as a standout in her discography. It’s an expert blend of haunting minimalism and fleeting moments of fire. On its music video accompaniment directed by Christopher Good, this duality is mimicked in cool-toned shots of the mundane interspersed with an evolving abstract narrative. Slow scene scans and glows illuminating the shadows create a disturbing visual aid that perfectly mirrors the detached disquietude of “All The Black,” aiming to shake up the nerves before coaxing them to settle back down again. It’s Cat’s most soul-tender effort to date, a woozy bluesy composition fit for her voice and hers only.
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