With the release of the Delirious, Calathea takes a fresh approach to genre crossing to give the record a life all it's own. Lush with addictive progressions, and persistent synth-pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems.
"With most songs I write, I usually sit back and let them evolve on their own, but with Delirious it all came together in one night. It really manifested as a “stream of consciousness” spew. I laid down the organs and bass line, and after that the lyrics just flowed and found a soothing place in the mix. I like the idea of taking something serious and mopey like “I feel delirious” and delivering it over a relaxing beat as if to say “hey, this is how I feel, but it’s gonna be okay.” explains songwriter Mitchell Johnson of his single.
With the release of the Desiderium EP, Calathea takes a fresh approach to genre crossing to give the record a life all it's own. Lush with addictive progressions, loads of smooth guitar sections, and persistent synth-pop undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems.
The first single, “Vessel Walls", immediately grabs you with it's infectious synth melodies, followed by it's ever building arrangement giving the track the ability to breathe and grow as it plays on.
"The single is best described as an introspective dilemma where on one hand I try to save relationships by introverting myself in attempts to preserve sanity in a mundane and sometimes boring situation, but also tend to create the opposite result by being inattentive and distant. In short, deciphering between when to blame yourself or when to blame your partner for how you feel." explains songwriter Mitchell Johnson of his single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding of where Calathea is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
"This EP helped me evolve my sound and enabled me to grow both as an artist and as a producer. I think that with tracks like Hysteria and The Sick List I was able to get closure and ultimately break away from my roots of singer/songwriter acoustic tracks. This helped me dive deeper into experimenting with the thought of “why don’t I just be the whole damn band?”. I took myself out of the comfort zone of just writing rhythm guitar and lyrics, and instead steered myself into the individual headspace of each instrument. I built Venetian Glass and Vessel Walls layer by layer imagining I was a 4 piece band. Experimenting with tones, different structures, different instruments, and settling on a style that made me feel fresh to music once again." says Johnson of writing the record.
A brainchild of songwriter Mitchell Johnson, Calathea has been years in the making. having performed as both vocalist and guitarist in several bands including Fathom All the Animals, Johnson finally decided to begin working on a solo project. One he could do with no one else in the way. One with complete musical freedom. It was then that Calathea was born. Delving deep into the indie pop headspace, the artist focused on recording at his home studio and utilizing both digital and natural instrumentation, he found his sound. The songs have been a way for Johnson to wear his heart on his sleeve and serves as a testament to where he is at with this sound right now.
Desiderium is available now for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the artist is always writing new material for upcoming releases.
To learn more of Calathea, please visit: https://calathea.bandcamp.com/