Still just 17-years-old, new YALA! Records signing Cathy Jain already possesses the voice, song craft and production skills of an artist on the cusp of a global breakthrough. It’s all there in her first single for the label, ‘Cool Kid’.
It’s a hazy, sun-kissed daydream of R&B-tinged alt-pop that showcases her unique sound while echoing the modernist pop of Billie Eilish, the production flair of Frank Ocean’s more soothing moments, and Lana Del Rey’s nostalgia for the recent past.
Written and produced in her bedroom studio, ‘Cool Kid’ finds Cathy channelling a topic that speaks to her generation: insecurities rooted in questions of identity and the realisation that people often aren’t how we perceive them to be.