Today, Melbourne-based songwriter and producer Katz shares ‘Only You’ – the title track from his newly announced sophomore EP, due August 13 via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
Featuring vocalist Sophia Brown, ‘Only You’ intertwines see-sawing keys, 808s and a boom-bap rhythm with Brown’s mournful vocals. As Katz puts it, “I’m a sucker for sad pop, and always love writing songs that juxtapose melancholy lyrics against hopeful instrumental backdrops. From a lyrical perspective, Only You – both within the title track and across the whole EP – traverses a number of aspects of the human condition that many of us can relate to, from self doubt and wasted potential to love and gratitude.”
Following the success of his 2019 single release ‘Back From Nothing’ (featuring JANEVA), the Only You EP carries a sense of thematic coherency across the its six tracks through a litany of impressive features from names such as Fractures and Charlie Lim, and collaborations with Gab Strum (of Japanese Wallpaper) and Simon Lam (of Kllo). Only You is a bold step forward for Katz, marrying measured production with clever pop hooks, underpinned by his signature composition style.
An adventurous and striking listen, the Only You EP is a confluence of emotional, vignette-driven storytelling and Katz’s keen ear for original arrangements and instrumentation, tastefully enhanced by his background in jazz. “I think my background in improvised music has given me the ability to come up with chord choices and harmonic sensibilities that might not be found in other pop music”, says Katz. “I always try to remain true to the things that make pop music what it is, but equally, allowing the influence of other genres to imbue a track can give it an emotional lift.”
Only You is a new beginning for Katz and sees the artist elegantly traversing a variety of genres to place him at the forefront of Australia’s electronic pop scene. The forthcoming EP’s release marks another milestone for the Melbourne Music Prize-nominated jazz pianist turned electronic artist, who has continued to rise since the release of his debut Waterfall EP in 2018. In the short time that has followed, Katz has received airplay on Triple J, widespread support from Spotify, with millions of streams and several placements on their New Music Friday playlist, as well as music video spots on MTV and Rage.
The release of his Only You EP is set to further cement Katz’s unique place as a true polymath, unencumbered by the limitations of genre and continuing to explore new terrains within the electronic pop scene both at home and abroad. Pre-save & pre-save now.