Track By Track: Reckless, Kathryn Rollins

Kathryn Rollins
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Fremantle based singer-songwriter Kathryn Rollins released her brand new EP Reckless late last month and it’s been seeing a decent amount of buzz since. We asked Kathryn Rollins to take us through the songs on Reckless for the latest in our Track By Track series:

“Courage” – I wrote “Courage” at a time in my life where I was having an epiphany about my own ability to push through difficult and uncomfortable situations and emotions. I was learning how to endure hardship in a new way and it was a powerful realisation. I wanted to write a song that reminded me of that feeling and illustrated the contrast between the dark times and the discovery of my inner courage. It’s a very hopeful song.

“Who Shot The Bird Down?” – This song is all about contrast, vulnerability and rage. It’s a song about being taken advantage of, both as an individual and on a larger scale. The bird represents innocence, glory and beauty and then someone comes along and shoots it. I was channeling some anger from past hurts when I wrote it.

“Reckless” – I wrote “Reckless” when I was 18 or 19, it’s the oldest song on the record. Looking back I was in the midst of a transformation from my teenage self into my adult self and was struggling with some difficult emotions. I was in a relationship where I felt like I couldn’t control my actions, I was too overcome by subconscious needs that I didn’t know I had. They translated as neediness and intensity, whereas I wanted to just be cool, calm and understanding of the other person. Reckless is about that self-induced pain that’s especially true when you’re a teenager and you have all these expectations of who you should and shouldn’t be.

“Cold Water” – This is probably my favourite song on the record at the moment because of its simplicity and clarity. All of the other songs are a lot more conflicted and dark whereas Cold Water to me is an admission of the basic need for other people in your life to love you and bring you comfort. I love its purity in terms of arrangement as well, it very much represents my sound from before the EP was recorded.

Reckless is available on iTunes here. Kathryn Rollins will be appearing at the Grace Darling in Melbourne on Thursday 9th May

1 Comment

  1. May 10, 2013 at 16:18

    […] “I wrote “Reckless” when I was 18 or 19, it’s the oldest song on the record. Looking back I was in the midst of a transformation from my teenage self into my adult self and was struggling with some difficult emotions” – Kathryn Rollins takes us through her EP Reckless. Track by Track here […]


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