Emerging Sydney-based duo Cat & Calmell are thrilled to kick off the new year with the release of their second single ‘dramatic’ and the accompanying video directed by Louis Brandt.

Produced by Hauskey and mixed by Justin Hergett (FINNEAS, Ashe), the brooding new single cements Cat & Calmell as ones to watch in 2021. With biting lyrics and an assured, confident energy, the song was written during a period of reflection on the current climate crisis.

Of the release, Cat & Calmell say: 

“’dramatic’ is one of our favourites! We wrote this song as a way to express our frustration at the people in power and their complacency with the state of the world, it’s a cry of frustration from our generation to theirs and we hope it resonates and you think it’s a good jam!”

Cat & Calmell catapulted into 2020 with their debut release “dumbshit”. The track was added to full rotation at triple j, received numerous spins on BBC Radio 1 and collected praise from The Guardian, NME Australia, Pilerats and Monster Children, among others. The song gained placement in a number of prominent playlists across both Spotify and Apple Music including the hugely popular Diplo & Friends playlist, as well as key playlists on KKBOX. To round out a killer first year, the pair shared ‘dumbshit (Remixes)’, which featured two remixes by Loods and Grammy-nominated trio Mansionair, and unveiled their first Bedroom Session live performance.

At just 20 and 22-years-old respectively, Cat & Calmell have a rich history of performing together. Cat spent her childhood in China and moved to Sydney as a young teenager. Calmell was born and raised in Western Sydney. Stars aligned when the two met at an after-school program for developing artists. Cat & Calmell’s music reflects their multi-faceted upbringings and their wide-ranging influences and sources of inspiration: Kali Uchis and The 1975 to Rihanna and T.S Eliot, Powerpuff Girls and Twitter memes.

Cover photo: Ash Lim