By Charlie Maybee
Indie pop rocker, George Katsos, is gearing up for the release of his latest EP with the new single “Dearest Friend”. With melodic guitars and a pulsing backbeat, it’s a reflective song that pleads to the better nature of titular character reminding them that Katsos will be there till the end.
Along with a new music video to accompany the release, the song feels very rooted and grounded with its repetitive mantras of perseverance and friendship. There are some psychedelic notes that come through in both the sound and visuals with flashes of neon, dual-color pallet and guitar that filters though pitch phasers and chorus effects.
In writing “Dearest Friend”, George recollects “As life goes on, and those around us start to depart, sometimes we know or plan to say the things that we think are right or needed, and then unable to do so. It can be a time where everyone wants a piece of the departing which can be so overwhelming to that person who may be unable to reciprocate communication. The only moment of comfort may be just unspoken. This song captures the moments of arriving from wherever to be with someone who was a part of your life in a positive way”.
At the end of the day, the song leans into feelings of companionship and renewed lines of communication between old friends. Time fades into the background as the music takes control of the emotional flow.
“Dearest Friend” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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