Hot on the heels of her latest release, “Santa Fe”—Cailin Russo has released a brand new track called “High.” The song was written by Cailin and two friends, Micah Jasper and Jesse Thomas, with Jasper also serving as producer. Cailin describes the new song as “a projection of a mental trip through a house party, told from a broad perspective. It encompasses a multitude of trippy experiences and mental check ins,” she explains. “The story starts off a little lost and confused, definitely not sober. Walking through a party on a constantly evolving trip, going through moments of self-awareness and lack of control until you finally just give in to what’s happening around you.”
Listen to “High” HERE
“High” is the latest in a string of new songs from Cailin this year, and the follow-up to “Santa Fe,” which Cailin penned alongside Nick Hahn and Lilla Vargen. In talking about “Santa Fe,” Cailin revealed, “Santa Fe is a metaphor for authentic romance. The whole song was about a boy I was chasing that gave me just enough to string me along, then would leave me questioning whether anything he said to me was real,” she explains. “’Is this the first time that you’ve been to Santa Fe, is this the first time that you’ve ever felt this way? I would have loved you if you hadn’t slipped away.. was it original?’ I’m naively hopeful the whole time until the last chorus / tempo switch where the ego war kicks in and I confront both sides of my brain saying that ‘This man will always love me’ and ‘this man will never love me’ then tie it up with ‘bitterness is another heartbeat’ meaning these feelings are fleeting but very intense.”
Listen to “Santa Fe” HERE.
Speaking about the origins of the new song, Cailin reveals “It’s Cool” actually has a funny story. I wrote it the day I signed my very first record deal. Making me an official artist. I was over the moon. I was at my lawyer’s office and had someone record me signing the contract,” she explains. “I immediately called someone I loved dearly and they kind of ripped me apart and made me feel bad about my newest endeavor and maybe the most exciting day of my life up until then. I drove to the studio from my lawyer’s office It took about an hour. It started to rain as I pulled up to Speak Easy Studios. I had my first session with Kyle Ross. I walked in and said ‘Fuck everything that was geared up to write on today… do you play guitar?’ He said yes… I asked him play 4 sad chords. And thus ‘It’s Cool’ was born. The song to me is about when you’re passed the point of upset. You’re passed the point of anger, you’re so over heated that it’s cool.”
The new music follows her latest EP, ‘The Drama’ which was released last Valentine’s Day. The six-track collection was executively produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), with additional production from The Invisible Men (Charli XCX, ZAYN), Michael Percy and Gianluca Buccelatti and features Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s on guitar. Talking about the new project, Cailin explains, “The whole EP is a play by play of everything I went through during my crumbling relationship. Thehighs, the lows, the confusing fucked up parts, and in conclusion, The Drama. The story starts at the demise, from a place of defeat…but the hero perseveres, and regains her power. I like to think of the whole experience as a sad triumph, sonically and spiritually.”