Cat Thompson’s latest single “Be Mine” is a sharp successor to her previous track “All I Want” highlighting the young singer/songwriter’s work with Los Angeles based producer Khaled and his support team and surely stands as a early listen to what ‘s awaiting her fans with the release of her forthcoming EP. Thompson has opened for many prominent acts on Australia’s stages, but this Australian born half Filipino and Northern Irish performer has a global reach that’s helped hone her act and chops to a razor sharp edge. Talent is an ever crucial ingredient for having a lasting career in the music world, naturally, but even more important than talent is possessing the commitment and discipline for making the right moves and positioning one’s self with the tireless dedication of a young artist who wants their voice heard. We hear Cat Thompson loud and clear with “Be Mine” and it represents another quantum leap forward into an increasingly bright future.
She definitely sounds emboldened to make that leap. There’s exuberance in her performance, but there’s likewise a confident mood pervading her vocal sound that’s carefully tailored to suit the song’s needs, but never so much so that her deliberativeness renders the song bloodless and inert. “Be Mine” is a song of yearning, longing, but there’s a smoky assertiveness in the lyric that keeps this a little more earthy than typical songs of its ilk and the performance is all the better for it. Cat Thompson is definitely a young performer, but she’s clearly accumulated the needed experience to help enhance this song in ways that make it a more intense listening experience for the audience. “Be Mine” benefits, as well, from singing that’s attuned to the song’s musical structure and never tries to superimpose its vocal will over the track’s natural ebb and flow. There’s nothing about Thompson’s performance that you’ll fail to find satisfying and she’s clearly building on each new recording with lessons learned and applied to the next.
The music is a compelling mix of electronic and straight forward instruments like piano. It’s particularly interesting how Thompson aims to build a track with melodic strengths that, nonetheless, embraces a definable groove. It may not be a live band playing along with her on this cut, but the arrangement nonetheless has a delicious, discernible swing casting a physical spell from the first and more than satisfying casual and devoted music fans alike. There’s some natural sounding and rather lovely piano lines inserted into the arrangement, as well, and they act as a counterbalance of sorts to the strong electronic framework shaping the song. Cat Thompson’s “Be Mine” is evocative and intimate sounding, but never feels overwrought and is clearly the result of great talent and hard work. We can only assume that Thompson’s career path continues its upward ascent based on its merits. She’s an uniquely gifted artist with a sure-footed sense of what modern audiences want.