The Pierces' Catherine Pierce Launches Solo Project CAT
Here's her first song, "You Belong to Me," written while microdosing 'shrooms.
It's gotta be said, LA-based sister duo The Pierces were doing their noir-pop thang years before Lana worked out how to splice found footage on iMovie. If you're unfamiliar with their work, the Birmingham, Alabama-born pair—Catherine and Allison—are perhaps most noted nowadays for their song "Secret," cherry-picked to be the theme tune for Pretty Little Liars. Still, we suggest you dive into their most recent work, the underrated 2014 LP Creation, which mined a sun-kissed, Laurel Canyon twist of pop. In any case, in the summer of 2015, the sisters pressed pause on their musical partnership (which at that point had lasted 15 years), choosing to pursue solo projects instead.
Now Catherine is back with her solo debut, named simply CAT. Premiering below is "You Belong to Me"—written by Catherine and produced by Jason Lader (Frank Ocean, James Blake, Andre 3000) and Leggy Langdon (Banks, Mr. Little Jeans, Alex Vargas)—this track is seductive and sultry, sparse in the verse, and possessing a fulsome chorus heavy with longing and tinged with uncertainty.
"I wrote this song while i was micro-dosing with mushrooms. When you micro-dose it's supposed to be imperceptible, kind of just lift your mood a little, but I'm really sensitive and I was having some visions," explains Catherine. "I went for a walk and it felt like the plants and moon were communicating with me. This song just came pouring into my head. It's about that beautiful, scary feeling of loving someone so much that you want to possess them and just allowing that madness to consume you for a bit."
It's the first cut lifted from her debut full length set to drop later this year—a record that incorporates her travels through the jungles of Peru, the deserts of Joshua Tree, and hills of Hollywood. Additionally, this former ballet dancer folds in experiences with meditation and aforementioned plant psychedelics, heartbreak and struggles with anxiety, essentially her journey as a modern woman in this weird world, carving out her course through song.