"Monsters" by Kat Saul: A Dark-and-Twisty Pop Dream

A collage-like depiction of Kat Saul, wearing a vintage red ensemble, dancing in front of starry galaxy background
Artwork for Kat Saul's "Monsters"

A new pop tune for your ears, with a dash of dark-and-twisty. Kat Saul has recently released her newest single, "Monsters."

Saul will certainly resonate with fans of Clara Mae or Charlotte Lawrence - as I am, and Saul's newest single "Monsters" resonated with me. The track teases her forthcoming sophomore EP, and it finds Saul confronting fears, darkness, the unknown, and, ultimately, loneliness.

Based in Los Angeles, and originally from Nashville, the influences from both locations can be heard in Saul's music. She grew up listening to Katy Perry and going to pop punk concerts at a local skate park. She used to play in a rock band, but now she's a full-fledged angsty pop dream, pulling together distortion, early aughts synths, and heavy reverb.

This is what Saul said of "Monsters":

"When you’re a little kid, you’re afraid of things like the Boogie Man, Dracula, and Zombies. To be real, I think I’m still afraid of Zombies, but in my experience, growing up shifts your fears. Now instead of vampires and aliens, it’s the fear of failure, mental health issues, broken relationships, childhood trauma, and all the other shit that goes in a messed-up-baggage-cocktail. All that to say, it turns out real life is way more terrifying than the dark. I wanted to write a song that brought that uneasiness to light because It’s a transition we don’t really talk about. I toyed with the idea for about a year before writing the concept because I wanted to make sure it felt real. And wow, with everything that’s happened in the world this year, those fears are more prominent than ever for everyone. I think we all wish we could go back to when our monsters lived under our beds."

"I got monsters," sings Saul on the refrain. And don't we all?

Listen to "Monsters" below.