“Close all the blinds ‘cause when you look into darkness you never know what you’ll find,” 14-year-old Kaatii sings in her new indie-rock single, Afraid of the Dark, which is perfect for this time of the year.
Afraid of the Dark is equal parts haunting as it is vulnerable––it starts sweet and earnest then propels into a pop-rock jam full of grungy guitars, emotive vocals, and evocative lyrics. “Afraid of the Dark is all about being unnecessarily paranoid for no real reason. You know, when your mind gets a little bit twisted and a coat looks like a ghost,” Kaatii explains. We’ve all been there—on hyper alert with goosebumps, wide awake in the middle of the night.
The song was inspired by a sleepless night in a remote Colorado cabin. “I was in Breckinridge for a songwriting retreat and the very first night I ended up having the worst paranoia of my life, going in and out of what felt like sleep paralysis,” Kaatii shares. “In the morning, my co-writer, Kara Connolly, and I ended up writing this song after she was too afraid to sleep as well.” Maybe the cabin was haunted.
Casting a spell on fans and industry pros alike––it’s hard to believe that Kaatii is only 14-years-old. A standout moment for us is the bridge where the song crescendos with raw emotion. It is here where Kaatii resembles a young Alanis Morissette––singer-songwriter in style, but with an edgy rock flair. Following in the footsteps of rising stars Beabadoobee and Chloe Moriondo, Kaatii reminds us all with her haunting vocals that you’re never too old to be afraid of the dark.