GARRETT KATO Shares New Single “Delusional” From Upcoming EP ‘Kumamoto’
May 28, 2021 BY Nettwerk
Today, singer, songwriter and producer Garrett Kato shares new single “Delusional” from his recently forthcoming EP Kumamoto, out July 9th. The song was born out of a conversation about Covid-19 conspiracy theories and misinformation causing hysteria around the globe. Garrett says, “I had recently seen a documentary about people suffering from schizophrenia and how they would believe things to be true that were delusions. The song blossomed out of the idea that we are all slightly delusional from our overconsumption of media and the fear-fuelled echo chambers of social media algorithms … the idea that it is getting harder and harder to decipher what is reality vs what is fictional.”
On Kumamoto, the Canada-born, Australia-based artist pays tribute to his Japanese heritage with a powerful look at triumph and trauma, past and present. Written during the turmoil of 2020 and recorded in his home studio in Byron Bay, the songs were a way of coping with an uncertain future. The EP title is a nod to the city where the Kato bloodline began in southern Japan.
Garrett kicked off 2021 with previous single “Be,” which was written, produced and mixed by Garrett at his home studio in Byron Bay at a time when the world had just begun to feel the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. He followed it up with “Firestarter,” co-written with Australian singer-songwriter Ainslie Wills, and “Never Be Us,” which came from a poignant conversation Garrett had with his six-year-old daughter about the Black Lives Matter protests in America. “Delusional” was co-written by Aussie singer/songwriter (and doctor) Sophie Payten, aka Gordi.
Known for his reflective musings on love, life and vices, singer-songwriter and platinum-award winning producer Garrett’s unique style of folk-pop is catching fire around the globe. A string of powerful releases, including sophomore album hemispheres, has seen him perform sold-out shows alongside Damien Rice and Ziggy Alberts and amass over 70 million worldwide streams.
Australian tastemaker triple j dubbed Garrett as the “producer and musician behind some of the most prominent sounds coming out the Byron Bay’s booming buskers scene,” and rightly so; Kumamoto was self-produced by Garrett at his home studio, where he has also worked with a string of artists including Julia Stone, Pete Murray, Tones and I, Kyle Lionhart, Riley Pearce, Pierce Brothers, Jack Botts and more.
Stay tuned for more news and music from Garrett Kato.
Kumamoto Track List:
2. Never Be Us
3. Past Life
5. Hard Times
Australian Tour Dates:
Sat, June 12 Gerringong @ Winter Wine Festival (w/ Ziggy Alberts)
Thur, Aug 5 Melbourne @ Brunswick Ballroom
Fri, Aug 6 Sydney @ The Great Club
Fri, Aug 13 Brisbane @ O’Skulligans
Thur, Aug 26 Adelaide @ The Grace Emily Hotel
Fri, Aug 27 Perth @ Sonar Room
Fri, Oct 1 – Mon,Oct 4 Byron Bay @ Bluesfest 2021