Colatura first came together in the Spring of 2017 in New York City when singer-bassist Jennica Best and singer-guitarist Digo Degorio decided to combine their musical talents in service to something larger than their individual aspirations. Having been immersed in the music world through her opera singer parents since she was quite young, Best was primed to realize her own voice and approach to music, and that was helped along when she met Degorio, a well-known session player in the local scenes, and the two developed an instant rapport. They eventually enlisted the help of drummer Rich Digregorio to help flesh out the expansive and lush (but still occasionally riff-oriented) garage pop sound that they were beginning to cultivate.
Drawing on woozy dream pop rhythms and girl group arrangements one moment before shifting to post-punk and melodic grunge later on, the band tasks itself with adapting these familiar sounds into something innovative and unique. They will release their debut EP, "Spring Drew Blood," on April 13. And on their latest single, "Afraid," the band creates an ethereal melodic haze that combines the best aspects of jangle pop, melody-centric post-punk and some darker dream pop instincts. Highlighting depression's deceptive emotional tactics, the song is a warning to those who feel helpless and constrained by their fears and insecurities. It soon becomes clear that it's all too easy to become lost in this hypnotic and billowing pop landscape, but even in the moments when things are their bleakest, Best's voice is always there to shed some light on that cracked and shadowy path home.
"The song is about that dark and seductive voice of depression that says things will be better if you give in," the band explains. "In the lyrics, the negative voices are personified as someone trying to get you to come into the water, saying everything will be better if you trust it, but if you listen to that voice too long, the words will drown you. By the third verse you're left to wonder if, even if you manage to survive to old age, that beckoning voice of depression and darkness will ever really be gone."