Cate Tomlinson shares the heartache of toxic relationships with new single “notes app apology”
After a 9 month hiatus, Cate Tomlinson returns with her new single “notes app apology". The dreamy pop track is rich with Cate’s self harmonizing as she reflects on the hardship of a toxic relationship.
Tomlinson co-produced this track with Justin Stanley (Nikka Costa, Prince, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow). Reflecting on the process she commented, “Most of my other songs have big choruses that are kind of in your face, and Notes is a lot more laid back and I feel isn’t trying to prove itself as much.”
The single is a real shift towards pop maturity for Tomlinson. Her vulnerability is clear in each of her tracks. Tomlinson’s storytelling is vivid and relatable. ‘Notes App Apology’ is a single that is relatable; it is almost an immersive experience with her ability to saturate the song with emotional weight.
About Notes App Apology:
notes app apology is about being a part of a relationship where you know you’re being mistreated and you still have the instinct to protect the relationship and hold onto that person. I wrote it about realizing this person thought they could say or do anything to me thinking that I’d always be there, and realizing I was apologizing for their actions to make our problems go away. Notes App Apology wallows in the paralyzing period of time where you know it’s all wrong, you’re in emotional debt, and you need to get out, but you haven’t left yet.
"My favorite lyric is probably the line from the chorus “gaslight me till I blow up, and burn back to you.” It’s a very vivid statement and also accurately reflects what I felt was happening to me in this relationship, and I also like how it takes advantage of the way gaslighting has become a word we use to describe a type of mental manipulation, combines it with the physical statement of blowing up and then resolves in settling back to that person." - Tomlinson
Cate Tomlinson is a 20-year-old singer, songwriter, and performing artist from San Francisco. Her music is inspired by pop, soul, and electro. The young self-made artist is now based out of Boston and is working to develop her unique voice as an artist at Northeastern University as a Music Industry major. Continuing to explore her craft and passion, this young vocalist is bound to make waves this year.
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