song of the week: caety sagoian ~ every time
August 7, 2012 in song of the week
If for some reason you didn’t heed my advice last week and watch three hours of the phenomenal Caety Sagoian at Lucia and instead spent your Wednesday night sitting on the couch watching something stupid like the Olympics then this song of the week is for you.
I’ll start by saying that choosing Every Time and not one of her other equally beautiful songs was purely incidental. Despite my constant urges to migrate from the diabolical myspace music player to something more embed and user friendly like Bandcamp, her songs are still pretty much accessible only on myspace. Every Time happened to pop up in Soundcloud on a google search and thus it is our song of the week.
Caety is without question the best singer around with the least accessibility, an absolute crime in my opinion. It’s enough to make me feel guilty to know her music so well while so many others are in the dark. In fact seeing others experience her music for the first time always brings me joy. The first moment is always spent trying to figure out how they know the song, then slowly their face beams with unfettered joy as they realize that this is something new, something original and they love it.
But even at that discovery they don’t know or understand the neutron bomb that is gingerly packed away within Caety’s voice, a neutron bomb waiting to explode and decimate everyone in the blast radius. Her music isn’t fluffy or kitschy, nor is it a mere encapsulation of a single meaningless moment in musical time, just like her idols Michael Jackson, Etta James, or Amy Winehouse, her music is timeless and gracefully iconic.
Every Time highlights Caety’s voice at it absolute best, smokey, sultry, and delectable. At Lucia it ran the gambit from Etta James to Cee Lo and the White Stripes, but as more than one person said to me, “her originals overshadow the covers.” The instrumentation of Every Time is assembled and produced by Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone, and has a vintage pop quality that weaves perfectly with her voice, not upstaging it but accentuating her tones.
This article wouldn’t be complete without me shamelessly plugging my interview with Caety that I did almost exactly a year ago. You can listen to it here or read parts of it here. Just ignore my own voice, it was my first interview, I hope I’m a little better a year later.