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Indie Pop's Kaatii Avoids Getting "Swept Up" (premiere)

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Thirteen-year-old singer-songwriter Kaatii taps into classic-era Prince and slacker rock for her new single "Swept Up".

Dallas-based Kaatii's new single "Swept Up" often calls to mind the classic pop of Cyndi Lauper and Prince, the slacker mystique of bands such as Pavement and Nirvana, and the eff-it-all, heart-on-the-sleeve aesthetics of contemporary artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Barnett while proving that the 13-year-old Texas-born artist has her own song to sing. She's a new voice worth paying attention to, a rebel with something to say.

She notes, "I wrote this song about not wanting to get swept up in trivial drama when there are bigger things to care about. As a teen, sometimes our own bubble feels like the entire world, when really what's a huge deal now probably won't matter in the grand scheme of things. This one means a lot to me because I wrote it as a form of release, as a way of unloading my feelings. I can play it to vent, but also just rock out and have a great time. I hope that anyone feeling stressed can escape whatever is happening in their lives for a moment and get swept up in the song instead of their thoughts or fears."

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