Song Premiere: Alex Napping, “Catcalls”

Laura Leebove

By Laura Leebove

Managing Editor
on 08.27.14 in News

“Catcalls,” from Alex Napping’s excellent This Is Not a Bedroom LP, is about booty calls, though it’s also fun to imagine the lyrics being about actual cats, specifically the feral ones that have screaming matches on my Brooklyn street super-late at night: “Now it’s late and we’re calling bluffs/ Finding out why it’s been so tough/ To give in to these nightly whims/ It’s 6 a.m. and I have been sick with/ The sound of your catcalls.” But over bright waves of guitars, the Austin band’s frontwoman Alex Cohen perfectly articulates the emotional turmoil of those late-night trysts: “Transparent as obsidian my wandering thoughts are sitting in/ Pools of three-week old body sweat/ But I haven’t got the nerve to shower yet,” she sings.

Listen to “Catcalls” below, and check out This Is Not a Bedroom, out September 23 on Punctum Records.