Cat Dail Fight For Love

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Submitted by Kim Muncie

Human beings have a way of overly complicating their interpersonal relationships the same way that a lot of artists and music snobs have a way of over-complicating something as simple and divine as a song. Sometimes when we’re in love, we forget how to just shut up and enjoy each other’s little looks and come hither gestures that brought us together in the first place. And sometimes when a performer goes into the studio, for whatever reason, they forget that they’re doing something that they’re passionate about, that they’d ultimately do for free, instead of a job. Critics like myself are so ridiculously removed from the realities of the art world that our ridiculing seems a little trite when you juxtapose it with the blood and sweat that goes into actually creating something. Cat Dail is committed to breaking through all of the jabbering back and forth between the talking heads that act like a steel jacket over the ever-spirited freewheeling nature of the musicians themselves. Her new record Fight For Love throws a big middle finger to those in the indie media who have suggested that you can’t merge harmonies from R&B, folk and rock to create something fresh without inevitably coming off like a cheap hybrid. This record is for the haters, but more importantly, it’s for an audience that just might be ready to take in her aesthetic in its fully realized form.

If there’s one thing that Cat Dail knows how to do exceptionally well, it makes a statement with her artwork. Each one of the songs on Fight For Love feels like a chapter in a story that she’s telling us, almost a cautionary tale of how to avoid the prickly parts of this rose bush we call a city, in this garden we call a life. While there’s no question that female performers have been the biggest, brightest shining stars of 2018, she’s not riding some feminist trend to her stardom. She’s relying purely on the talent that she brings to the table; there’s quite a bit of it to bring, and with all things considered, what’s more pro-feminist than that? She doesn’t need a scene, a movement or some well-financed marketing to get her music to the people. People are going to find these awesome grooves all on their own.

Can’t Buy Love” might be the sexiest song of the year, and the Led Zeppelin-style folk jam “Catch Fire” is easily my new favorite track to spin when going for a long drive to clear my mind. It was extraordinarily difficult for me to single out any tracks from the rest as my very, very favorites, but that’s only a testament to how amazingly likable and playable Fight For Love and Cat Dail’s entire persona and presentation really is. It’s truly a feast for your ears to sumptuously take in one bit at a time, but I absolutely, emphatically support this artist’s growing career and cannot wait to hear what she comes up with for her fans and the world at large next.