Today, September 10th, Kat Lock has gifted the world her third EP called Some Recurring Notes. Featuring both last week’s single, “Forever Boy,” and 2020’s “Venus,” this release contains eleven songs and is the longest of the two former collections an existence and You Again.
Most of the songs in Some Recurring Notes were written in 2016 and were brought back by Lock because of their almost prophetic qualities. Because of their “recurring theme,” Lock feels as though the relevance was not lost in time and that the music has as much a place in the world (and her life) as it did when she wrote it five years ago.
The album itself is a journey; through heartbreaks and frustrations to optimism and action, the music denotes what happens when you give too much of your attention to the background and don’t focus on your own path. Astrology links are sprinkled throughout the songs to give homage to the prophetic qualities of their original versions and to the artist’s astrologer status.
However, there are two songs that were not written in 2016: “Venus” and “Mars.” “Venus” was originally written and released in 2020 — right before the initial lockdown/quarantine. “Mars” was born this year (2021) and is placed as the final track to represent moving forward and taking action.
Overall, the album showcases both Lock’s sweet, lilting vocals and a quirky personality. Last week’s single, “Forever Boy,” begins the album with raw, fearful optimism and a story that wraps itself up with acceptance. It is also the only song to have a music video as of yet; you can see the video below.
The following track, “Don’t Overthink Me,” whisks you away with echoing, angelic harmonies. The third song and first released single, “Venus,” is a dreamy melody bringing a haze of confusion and frustration.
“… U Up?” was almost released instead of “Forever Boy” but was ultimately not chosen because of the beginning to “Forever Boy” (the crowd sounds at the beginning that makes it feel like the start of a concert). Still, the song is powerful enough to have been the leading single. It grabs your attention and is catchy enough to keep it.
“Why Are You Crying?” is a self-deprecating taunt with strong, emotional melodies that offers honesty rolled in sarcasm. (The line “the music calls me way more often than you do” is an absolute killer.) It ends with a halfhearted opening, keeping the door cracked for something more.
“Room to Grow” is a question for the stars. Curious musings sung over a soft melody paint a picture of sitting alone with just your thoughts.
“New Gospel” brings a change — maybe not in pace, but certainly in tone. It leads into “Our Love is Not God,” a song notable for the way muted anger mixes with disappointment in repeated, intense sounds. “Say It” is reluctant heartbreak and soft power.
“A Recurring Theme” is upbeat and repetitive, telling of the cyclical woes in romance and poking fun at the mistakes made. Funny in a dark way, the heavy song is played with a lighthearted tune.
Finally, “Mars” finished the album on a more hopeful tone. Named for the active qualities of Mars, the song discusses moving forward and away from the past.
All in all, the album contains songs for every mood. It’s pretty and nostalgic and sarcastic and angry. It moves from cautiously hopeful to despairing and then back to optimism. Aptly named “recurring,” the themes repeat themselves over the course of the eleven songs to mimic to repetitive nature of lives in general — the way you fall into a hole that you swear you’ll never return to only to fall in again and again.
You can listen to the album below. Be sure to follow Kat Lock on all social media and music streaming sites. She will be celebrating her release tonight at a FREE concert in Oklahoma City. (More details below.)