Nadia Kazmi writes honestly and without fear of digging into darkness. With “Like a Cat” — the third single off her 2017 release Gold Into Dust — she writes to the consequences of a life lived without abandon. The video compliments this visually with darkness and chaos created by light, colour, and the lack thereof.
“Been sleeping like a cat in the afternoon,” the chorus opens. Kazmi describes her attempts to get up, to gain the energy to continue each day, but the struggle when the night always comes calling. “Must be the booze and the drugs and the heartache I can’t seem to shake,” she concludes, her face bathed in purple light or her body cast across a motel bed.
The song is undoubtedly pop-catchy and reminds of Marina and the Diamonds’ ability to walk the line between mainstream-sweet, honest, and the dark thread of reality. You can move to Kazmi’s music, but more likely you’ll find yourself being moved. As the song concludes, the images and lighting flicker, evoking the chaotic lifestyle that Kazmi has been describing. No easy solutions are given because perhaps none exist, so hit that replay and let it wash over you.