Stephanie Catlett – Meet Me in the Dream (EP)

Kaitlin Ruether, 1 month ago
EP & Mixtapes , , , ,

Take longing and add a dash of optimism — a swell of strings here, a dose of Americana spaciousness there — and you will find Stephanie Catlett’s debut EP Meet Me in the Dream

The Iowa City based singer-songwriter crafts songs that reel the listener into her world of stories and imagery. A former marketing writer, Catlett knows how to effectively use words. “You were the beginning of a story,” she sings on “Forsythia”, “A line that carries an idea away.”

While “Forsythia” finds reverence in metaphor and violin brightness, “So, David” is a toast with Jenny Lewis style candidness in the clarity of the vocals. There is a bounce here that lends to danceability. Longing feels, for a moment, put off in place of direct address. 

“Nothing but Fine” and “Am I Still” bring the album to a more somber conclusion. “Nothing but Fine” — though released in December — is lyrically on-the-nose. “Be very afraid to go to the store / because we can’t say things like that don’t happen here anymore.” This heavy note transitions to the introspective, steadily paced “Am I Still” which finds atmosphere with delicately lingering violins. 

Stephanie Catlett has an ear for melody and a sense of depth through her folk-pop weavings. Stories expand with yearning and sweetness: an act of camaraderie carrying comfort. 


To hear more from Stephanie Catlett, you can find her on her Facebook page, BandCamp, and Website. You can also find her on Spotify.

Profile Status
ACTIVE

Trending

%d bloggers like this: