Indie, Pop | COTTA Returns With Stunning Alt-Pop Anthem “Ghostin’”

Posted by on October 27, 2021

Three impactful singles deep into her music career, Cassidy Mackie aka COTTA is already showing signs of a mature artist who is preparing herself for a lengthy career within the industry. Based in Australia, the talented singer and songwriter has been described as “the lovechild of the late 1980s and Maggie Rogers,” having developed a tender sound that is as intricate as it is radio-ready. Detailing love, loss and the up and downs of life as she experiences it, COTTA is set to move lots of people with her personal and vulnerable lyricism, and her very first releases make up for great examples of her talent. 

Her uplifting debut single “Better” was released back in February of this year and was swiftly added to Triple J Unearthed’s radio rotation. Then came “Didn’t Call,” which was born from the trials of a long-distance relationship and produced by Oldland in Melbourne. It’s a nostalgic yet infectious cut filled with subtle percussion, smooth electric piano chords and light synth lines. Upon release it was debuted on Triple J’s show Home and Hosed, receiving great acclaim from host Declan Byrne, who commended COTTA’s ‘soulful and smart’ effort on the song.

Now, COTTA has just shared her third release, taking a jab at an ex-lover who deliberately led her on before she finally found out about their true feelings and decided to move on. It is a truly impactful story from the perspective of someone who is one the receiving end of being ghosted, driven by vocal lines that are perfectly complimented by the grandiose instrumental. Strong piano chords and hard-hitting drum work juxtapose subtle synths and effects, while COTTA’s passionate singing helps transcend the story and make it come to life. 

“The idea of ‘ghosting’ someone is ‘the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication,” explains COTTA. “’Ghostin’’ pays tribute to a particular time in my life, where I was strung along by someone with no intention of a follow-through, but who knew exactly what they were doing at the time, before they bailed. This song taps into the gut-wrenching, unexplainable frustration when you’re on the receiving end of being ghosted – even if it’s drawn out and maybe not immediate – and serves as an f-you anthem to the ones that never deserved your time anyway.”

Pop | COTTA Returns With Funky New Single “Better”

Posted by on February 4, 2021

Described as “the lovechild of the late 1980s and Maggie Rogers,” COTTA always strives to be her authentic self, and is one of the brightest up-and-comers out of the south-east Queensland music scene, delivering intimate lyrics about her experiences with love, loss and life. COTTA is truly an artist to watch in 2021, releasing her soothing piano ballad “Wings” last year, and now returning with yet another gem, motivational anthem “Better.”.

Filled with dancefloor-ready drums, funky guitars and catchy vocal lines, “Better” is an infectious and empowering single. With its release, COTTA definitely raises the bar and showcases her versatility, as it’s clear by now that the singer and songwriter can craft smooth ballads as easy as uplifting bops.

“I wanted to write a breakup/moving on anthem – but not an anthem at someone else’s expense,” explains COTTA. “So much music out there is all about, ‘you suck and I don’t, I hate you but I’m also totally over it’ and I can’t stand that. It’s not legitimate and it can actually be damaging, long-term. That’s why the chorus says, “I’m not getting bitter – I’m just getting better”; I feel like the most important part of a breakup comes from working on yourself and growing through it to become a new you by the time you’ve grieved and healed. ‘Better’ is just a real ‘throw your hands in the air and dance’ kind of track, that I hope reminds anyone going through something that they are getting better. And hopefully this song is played a lot throughout those realisations!”