The dramatic new single from Katarra Parson finds the singer/songwriter self-producing alongside a familiar roster of fellow musicians. Together, they explore a tension and release format that delivers dopamine rush after dopamine rush. With Andrew Gibson on drums, Tilton Yokley on bass, Joey Ferber on guitar and Jahi Eskridge on trumpet, “Loathe A Rose” escalates something that begins as an easy, latin, groove-based piano-jazz number into an embattled tango of emotional psychedelia. Somewhere along the way, a vulnerable protagonist steps through a restless soaring ballad to embrace a righteous and powerful sensuality. The sheer aesthetics of it all make this full length debut (the radio edit is two minutes shorter) fly by a lot faster than the eight and a half minutes it actually measures out to.
This song was recorded by Daniel Merhman at Midtown Studios and Katarra granted me six multitrack session files of individual instrument groups that constitute the final master. On this show, you’ll be hearing those isolated instrument tracks alongside Katarra’s narrative. She sat down at her piano to walk us through her creative and technical process. Songs Out Loud breaks it down instrument by instrument, lyric by lyric and beat by beat.