Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) by Matt Simons

"That’s really the beauty of this track: it will mean something different to every single person. That is what music is supposed to do. Music is supposed to resonate with your soul. Every soul is different, so the more universal the music and the message, the greater power it has to affect people."Track: Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)
Artist: Matt Simons
Genre: dance/electronic, indie, pop
Music Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
8/10
Sounds Like: Andy Grammer, Nico & Vinz, Phillip Phillips
Interesting Fact: Matt’s song “With You” went platinum in Holland and earned the unofficial title of the country’s “most played funeral song”.
Best thing About this Track: Lyrics!!!!! I cannot tell you how much I love the fact that there is a line that is simply “Also, clarifying”. I am absolutely in love with that whole stanza, but that line just gets me with its intensity and simplicity and ingenuity and reality. Very. Love. Very. Much.
One thing I wish was different: The introductory line bugs. It’s the only line that’s not in alignment with the rest of the lyrical structure. It could’ve been easily changed to something that would truly enhance the power of this song instead of detracting from it. I love that line in isolation, and it builds a beautiful contrast to the first line of the second verse. I just really wish the first verse matched the second verse schematically, because it’s a beautiful setup.
Website: Matt Simons

First things first: this version of the song is not the realest. Let’s talk about why I’m reviewing a remix instead of the original. I generally have a heavy bias towards original versions of songs and hold a strange antagonism towards covers and remakes in general. It’s a strange quirk of mine, and not one that I can realistically defend. Because of this bias, I almost decided to write about the original version (which is on the album “Catch & Release”, in case you were wondering/also have a weird aversion to covers and remakes). I ended up changing my mind however, for a few simple reasons:

1) I really do like this version better musically. Generally that would be outweighed by the fact that this is not in the truest, purest conceptualized form of its original birth, but
2) The original version doesn’t currently have a lyric video available, and I really like this video. I don’t like video for the original version of the song, and Matt doesn’t have this song on SoundCloud (except the remix) for me to embed in this post in lieu of a YouTube video. Dealbreaker.

Okay, now that I’ve got my weird and somewhat arbitrary decision-making explanations out of the way: let’s talk about the song!

For better or worse, I’m talking about the remix, so I’m going to just try to put aside my bias and embrace the musicality of this version, because it is truly a great piece of art. As you might expect, this version adds some really great percussion and a fantastic bassline that is not present in the original. When the first verse starts, I’m immediately in love with those snaps on the offbeat. The piano also pairs exceptionally well with the acoustic guitar, and I find it interestingly to be more acoustic sounding overall than the more ethereal feel of the original version at this point. This version also enhances the short a cappella section which precedes the introduction of said bassline in a brilliant anticipation that keeps your ears on edge until it kicks in. Overall, I find that this version feels more dynamic and fulfilling musically. Although some of the emotional nuance is lost or transitioned, this version is much more appealing to listen to I think.

As far as the melodic and tonal structure go, this song is just a fun exercise of playing with 1, 2, 3, 4. It’s more subtle in this version than the original, because the bass adds a lot more variety, but the foundational chord progression is essentially a series of alterations on 1 2 3 4.

Lyrics! I really love these lyrics a very lot. The overall structure has more potential than I feel there is follow-through, but the content is out-of-this-world amazing! This song works on so many levels! First of all, I think that this would make a great “chill track”. You could interpret the lyrics as just going to your “happy place” and escaping the everyday stress of life.

For me, this track goes much deeper than that. That’s really the beauty of this track: it will mean something different to every single person. I love music that can do that! That is what music is supposed to do. Music is supposed to resonate with your soul. Every soul is different, so the more universal the music and the message, the greater power it has to affect people.

Maybe this song is literally about fishing to you. Maybe it’s about people-watching. Maybe it’s about listening to music or dancing. I don’t know. I’ll talk a little bit about what the lyrics mean to me, but interpretations will vary. Feel free to let me know what this song means to you via the comment section!

To me, this song is about finding and feeling the meaning of life. The “place” spoken of is as literal to me as it is metaphysical. The place is transcendental and exists beyond the reach of spacetime. The place is a personal axis mundi (the geographical point that connects earth to a higher realm). In Norse mythology, it was Yggdrasil. In ancient Egypt, it was the pyramids. In South Asia, a pagoda. In Greek mythology, the Mount of Olympus. To me, these lyrics speak of a space that connects you to a higher plane, not as a planet, not as a culture or society. You. As a person. You are connected to something bigger. Whether that something bigger is intellectual, emotional, social, or spiritual is somewhat irrelevant and entirely up to you.

I have met and talked with many people who wondered at the meaning of life. I think most people do. Life is a strange thing, and there seems to be only one certain inevitability: death. So what’s the point? The second verse seems to address and answer all these thoughts with “It can be terrifying, to be slowly dying. Also, clarifying. We end where we begin.” To live is to be slowly dying. You can find fear and futility in the cycle of life, or you can find peace and progress therein. You can find pointlessness or purpose.

Whether you believe that there is a universal purpose and meaning to life, whether you believe that everyone needs to find their own personal purpose, or whether you don’t believe that your life can have any real meaning or purpose in the grand scheme of things, this song really comes down to the same conclusion every time. What is the most important? What makes life worthwhile? “Remember how to love.”

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Lyrics:
There’s a place I go to
Where no one knows me
It’s not lonely
It’s a necessary thing
It’s a place I made up
Find out what I’m made of
The nights I’ve stayed up
Counting stars and fighting sleep

Let it wash over me
I’m ready to lose my feet
Take me off to the place where one reveals life’s mystery
Steady on down the line
Lose every sense of time
Take it all in and wake up that small part of me
Day to day I’m blind to see
And find how far
To go

Everybody got their reason
Everybody got their way
We’re just catching and releasing
What builds up throughout the day
It gets into your body
It flows right through your blood
We can tell each other secrets
And remember how to love

There’s a place I’m going
No one knows me
If I breathe real slowly
I let it out and let it in
It can be terrifying
To be slowly dying
Also, clarifying
We end where we begin

So let it wash over me
I’m ready to lose my feet
Take me off to the place where one reveals life’s mystery
Steady on down the line
Lose every sense of time
Take it all in and wake up that small part of me
Day to day I’m blind to see
And find how far
To go

Everybody got their reason
Everybody got their way
We’re just catching and releasing
What builds up throughout the day
It gets into your body
It flows right through your blood
We can tell each other secrets
And remember how to love

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4 thoughts on “Catch & Release (Deepend Remix) by Matt Simons

  • November 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    I think the song is about the experience on drugs and I assume its ketemin. As the line slowly dying and clarifiying suggests.

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    • November 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm
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      Interesting. What is so amazing about great art (and this song in particular) is the variety of ways it can be interpreted and assimilated into people’s hearts and consciousness. I took those lines very differently, but I can see what you mean. I’m curious why, specifically the ketamine assumption though. I’m not particularly knowledgable about that drug, but I understand that it causes memory loss and a state of dissociative sedation.

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  • July 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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    I also interpret it to be about drugs. Not overly sure which, but perhaps MDMA.
    “The nights I’ve stayed up”
    “Let it wash over me
    I’m ready to lose my feet”
    “Lose every sense of time”
    “It gets into your body
    It flows right through your blood
    We can tell each other secrets
    And remember how to love”
    “wake up that small part of me
    Day to day I’m blind to see”
    These lines all very much resemble my experience of MDMA, you sort of unlock a part of yourself full of love and openness. You lose sense of time and it keeps you up all night. When you come up on MDMA you often need a moment to sit down and let it wash over you, before you lose your feet. For me it just fits really well.

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    • July 21, 2017 at 5:22 am
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      Wow; that does make a lot of sense. I don’t have much experience w/ drugs, so I never thought of it myself, but you’re right; it does fit really well! I was just over here thinking about fishing, finding peace, and the futility/purpose of life. ;P I love how vastly applicable and approachable this song is in so many different ways!

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