Nashville-based outfit CATES has just unveiled their latest musical creation, “Meadow Street,” a psychedelic ode to an eccentric neighborhood in the ever-evolving landscape of Nashville.
The song bursts to life with a frenetic electric guitar, delivering gritty and melodious riffs that immediately captivate the ear. It then undergoes a transformative shift, reminiscent of the experimental production found in “Tomorrow Never Knows.” The bass lays down a pulsating foundation, in perfect harmony with the relentless drum groove. As the song unfolds, the mood during the main verses mellows and takes on a sparse quality, while a reverberating texture envelops the composition. The signature gritty sound of the guitar continues to burst through, maintaining its distinctive presence.
A standout feature of the track is the guitar solo, exuding a lush, 1960s vibe as it elegantly weaves its melodic lines, contributing to the song’s laid-back ambiance. The vocals also leave a notable impression, unburdened by pretense yet effortlessly delivering melodious lyrics. At times, the vocals become submerged in trippy reverb, adding to the song’s psychedelic allure.
The band describes “Meadow Street” as a “love letter to a weird neighborhood in an increasingly ‘nice’ Nashville.” Indeed, the song pays a fitting tribute to The Beatles with its psychedelic elements, but it stands as a unique creation, distinguished by its exceptional guitar work and mellow vibes, setting it apart from the Fab Four’s catalog.