FRESH: ‘Who Are You?’ – Catbear

Catbear ask, “Who Are You?”

London synth pop duo Catbear – Zoe Konez and Sarah Smith – release their new single, “Who Are You?”, today, their third release of 2020. The song has a great retro vibe about it with a pulsing, pumping tone to the verses and the bridge and gorgeous vocals from Sarah, this is a superb addiction to the duo’s growing collection of DIY tunes that should see them reach a much greater audience from now on.

“Who Are You?” is about the intensity of that first flash of overwhelming lust when you’re falling deep for someone and it’s a more intense attraction than you’ve ever had before. You had no idea desire could feel like this – it’s intoxicating! Catbear say of the track: “This was so much fun to write. I came up with the first half of the song on a train during my commute on one of the last days before lockdown and we developed it during those first few long weeks of quarantine where making music kept us going”.

Written, recorded and produced by Zoe in her home studio during lockdown, whilst Sarah was busy working in A&E for the NHS, the creation of the song gave an escape from the daily challenges of front-line working. The power of music for wellbeing is something Zoe knows only too well as she runs a music programme in a mental health hospital. The song comes after their earlier 2020 releases “Love And War” and “Girl Crush” and despite Sarah’s extra activities this year, their output has been their most prolific yet. Long may it continue!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!