"Home is wherever you are," Cait sings on her new single, a track from longtime musical co-conspirator Fernando Perdomo's new album Fernando Perdomo Has Lost His Voice. The album features Fernando's songs sung by Cait, Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense), Linda Perhacs, Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) and dozens of others. "This is one of my favorite songs, and one of my favorite things I've ever done," Cait said. Listen to the single and check out more of the album here.
Cait's in Billboard magazine this week talking with writer Ron Hart about the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Small Faces album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake. "Crazily psychedelic, irresistibly tuneful and sometimes completely hilarious," she says. "I've always loved the music hall aspects of the record in particular. That combo of soul, psych, music hall and rock has been a huge inspiration and influence on my own work, especially on my album Third. Marriott's vocals are so fantastic on this record, '60s British soul at its finest. I love the entire record, but side two is absolute magic. It's a cockney fairy tale, a psych-soul spiritual predecessor of Harry Nilsson's The Point." Read more of Cait's thoughts on the record, alongside several of her musical favorites, here.
Los Angeles' own International Pop Overthrow festival celebrates its 21st year in 2018, and Cait has marked the occasion by contributing her first-ever track to the annual IPO compilation album. Produced and performed entirely by Cait and her sonic soulmate Fernando Perdomo, "Miss Valentine" first came to life in Memphis at Ardent Studios during the sessions for Cait's 2017 long-player Third, but wasn't completed until May of 2018, during the sessions for Cait's upcoming new album. This exclusive-to-IPO mix will be available via Omnivore Recordings and at all LA IPO shows this year, so don't miss out! (Cait plays IPO on July 27 at Fais Do-Do!)
This weekend (Saturday, 24 March 2018 to be precise) Cait returns to the place where she played her first full band show ever: David Bash's evergreen pandemonium power pop shadow show, IPO Phoenix. From her early appearances backed by Zen Lunatics to LA shows backed by luminaries like Chris Price and Fernando Perdomo, Cait's IPO appearances are always something special. This year expect old favourites, left-field covers, and sneak peaks at songs from The Breakdown (coming later this year!) Ed Masley at azcentral.com has a preview and some generous words of praise for Miss Brennan and her 2017 album Third.
"Cait Brennan’s 2017 record, Third, is a complex treasure trove of delights for the ear, psyche, and soul," writes Phoenix News Times' Tom Reardon. "From the opening verse of “Bad at Apologies” where Brennan says, “I’m the asshole who stole your boyfriend,” to the last notes of the heartachingly beautiful “Goodbye Miss America,” Third resonates with a perfect combination of charm, angst, and rock ’n’ roll swagger..." Read more on Cait and other 2017 music highlights here.
Kendrick, Lorde, SZA, Taylor Swift, Tyler The Creator, Harry Styles and....Cait Brennan?! Impossible yet true: the fine folks at Pause and Play ranked Cait's album Third#6 on their Top 10 of 2017, joining Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Popdose who have already included it on their year-end list. It's been a tough year for all of us and the recognition of our humble Memphis-made record means a lot to all of us who've helped make it happen, especially alongside such great records and heavy-hitter artists. Thank you Gerry and Pause and Play -- read the full list here!
Popdose's Keith Creighton praised Cait's album Third as a must-own and a "returning champion" of 2017! "We first met and interviewed her at the start of a whirlwind year that began with the release of her decades in the making power pop epic, Debutante; continued with her meeting Sire Records legend Seymour Stein who signed her to a 4-track demo deal; and ended with her signing to the perfect label to realize her vision: Omnivore," Creighton writes. "The album has been praised from coast to coast and around the world by a snowballing and quite rabid fanbase..." Read the rest of the list here (including Dua Lipa, the Mynabirds and Third co-producer and longtime musical co-conspirator Fernando Perdomo!)
The good folks at YabYum Music and Arts have brought us tons of great reviews, music, and live performances in recent years, and Cait was thrilled to join them for a scrappy acoustic live performance of "Bad At Apologies," a standout track from her album Third, live at The Listening Room. Click on through for the video and a feisty Q&A! Thanks to Carly and everyone at YabYum for inviting us!
As our amazing, maddening, joyous, heartbreaking 2017 draws to a close, we're revisiting some of the staggeringly great reviews and press Third received throughout the year. POPDOSE writer Keith Creighton, one of the first to champion Cait's debut record Debutante, knows her journey and her music better than almost anyone, and this funny, revealing interview proves it. Read it at POPDOSE and find out where the bodies are buried, how she chucked a perfectly good record to make Third, and what (if anything) Cait's Cumberbatch fetish is all about