In May I posted about the single ‘Watered Down Man’ from Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Riley Catherall. He’s now released a second single from his upcoming album and it’s another lovely tune, although quite different in content and tone from his first. It’s also enhanced – as any song would be – by backing vocals from Kasey Chambers.
Catherall’s songs are simple, and that’s meant as a compliment: he is clear in the story he is telling and the emotion and meaning within it, and these are elements that come from authenticity and experience (and, probably, writing lots of songs before you decide on the ones you wish to share). Chambers’s vocals add some drama, mainly because it’s hard not to listen to her and hear a heart breaking. They’re also tonally a great match.
With two for two wonderful songs, Catherall is already on the way to an impressive debut album.
Listen to ‘Robin’: https://dittomusic.lnk.to/RileyCatherallRobin
Canberra-raised, Melbourne-resident singer-songwriter Riley Catherall is a young man with, it may be said, an old soul – if his new song, ‘Watered Down Man’, is anything to go by. This is the tale of a ‘watered down man in a whiskey coat’ who seems to be full of regretful self-awareness, with Catherall’s voice holding wariness and acceptance at the same time – the sort of knowing that tends to come with experiences both good and bad.
But that’s perhaps to be expected, because Catherall started studying classical guitar since the age of six before moving to jazz studies in his teens. That musical background explains the structure of the song, which is simple in the way that usually only comes with maturity: the story is allowed to shine, with Catherall’s voice and guitar in service of it. This is a great, classic country-tinged song, and the herald of a longer release that one can only hope will be available soon.
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