Maisie Peters – Cate’s Brother

Exactly what the doctor ordered

Maisie Peters has found rapid and widespread fame over the past few years with hit after hit and a list of incredible collaborations. ‘Cate’s Brother’ is her most recent and self-proclaimed ‘wildest’ release.

There’s no doubt that Maisie Peters is talented in her craft and has already made her mark in the industry, working with James Bay and JP Saxe and then of course her friendship/songwriting collaboration with Ed Sheeran, who co-wrote ‘Psycho’ and which label she’s signed to. “Cate’s Brother” is just the latest example of this talent and the profound impact she is having on the industry.

The song first originated on TikTok, playing its viewers the first verse and the chorus. Cate Canning’s name was probably one of the main reasons the hype for this song spread like wildfire, and people wanted more. It ended with the audio verse being posted to the app, followed by the pre-save link, and then a very quick post reversal; announced the same week as its release – something an artist does when they know the hype for a song already exists and too much promotion between announcement and release is unnecessary. It’s truly a testament to how amazing the song is and how it caught the attention of a wide audience on TikTok and beyond.

The song itself is amazing. There’s a very strong pop-rock feel to it – big drums, heavy electric guitar and Peters’ voice doesn’t need much extra effect to match the mood; and this feeling is what caught everyone’s attention. It doesn’t leave your head, and it changes constantly, never becoming boring or repetitive in any way. Lyrically, it tells a story – and that’s very easily Peters’ greatest strength. Her ability to rhyme “Nirvana” with “front door” (and then front door with itself – probably my favorite part of the song) is beyond amazing. Although the ending of the story is fake, it doesn’t matter. Even if none of this is real, you’re convinced it is. Peters creates a rich visual atmosphere for the song and you feel every emotion she does.

It’s going to be one of the songs of the summer and we’re going to be excited to see how Peters follows this up, possibly leading to a second album.

‘Cate’s Brother’ is available now through Gingerbread Man Records. You can watch the official live video here:

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