We’re glad to announce that Toronto, Canada-based singer-songwriter Chris Caulfield has released a new single, entitled “Stockholm Syndrome.”
Having played in bands around the Toronto area in his teens and early twenties, Chris Caulfield spent the next decade managing his own businesses and starting a family. Then in 2020, as the world was enduring the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Chris was navigating one of the most challenging periods in his own life at the time and found himself diving head-first back into this powerful outlet. Quickly setting up a home studio in late 2020, he began working on a new project: something different than before, and more personal.
Having struggled with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety, and grappled with challenges and experiences, Chris explores these themes in his music, which many listeners can relate to. Chris’s stories, comprised of highly introspective lyrics and haunting melodies, are delivered atop engaging compositions that uniquely sew together elements of alternative and emo-era rock, hip-hop and trap, and more—making Chris Caulfield a tricky artist to pin to a genre.
Within a few months, Chris found himself further along than he had originally planned; and in late March 2021, he launched his first projects in over a decade: three singles, “The Other Way,” “Gripped” and “Wolves,” followed a week later by “Letdown,” which reached 10,000 streams in its first 30 days on Spotify. Throughout spring of 2021, dozens of Spotify playlist editors accepted Chris’s singles and provided positive feedback, while influencers with up to 1M+ audiences shared his tracks and used them in posts.
During the summer of 2021, a team then started forming around Caulfield, starting with signing several singles to two European-based independent labels, an opportunity to write songs for TV and movies, as well as an artist development deal with a Canadian indie label.
Inspired by a wide range of influences stemming from rock legends like Radiohead, The Goo Goo Dolls, Chris Cornell (Audioslave, Soundgarden), USS, Oasis, Chevelle, Disturbed, Slipknot, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin, and Damien Rice, to hip-hop and rap artists such as Post Malone, JuiceWrld, Drake, J.Cole, Kanye West, Lil Tjay, Eminem and others like Justin Timberlake, Khalid, Halsey and more, Chris Caulfield is currently working on new singles, a music video, and several other upcoming projects.
Chris Caulfield’s latest single, “Stockholm Syndrome,” presents listeners with a bit of a genre-bending emo/alt-rock vibe, and is the first release from a project that Chris has been working on for some months now. “I’ve only just decided on the name for the project this single is tied to, Catharsis… This project covers a bunch of concepts from my life over the last few years in an almost dramatized fashion for somewhat of an art-rock appeal,” Chris says. “Stockholm Syndrome” has already been added to many playlists and reviewed a few times, as well as having been featured on the website of radio broadcaster/writer Alan Cross.
The song plays on the literal meaning of Stockholm Syndrome, wherein a captive “falls” for their captor. In particular, it’s written from the perspective of navigating things that can both help and hurt–in this case, prescriptions and how they can be helpful in, for example, managing pain, but can also cause other, undesired effects and the conflict inherent in that.
“Stockholm Syndrome” opens with the subdued shuffle of drums, while Chris Caulfield’s falsetto vocals soon join in, harmonizing nicely with somber piano notes and a resonant bassline. The lofi atmosphere of the track perfectly highlights Chris’s impressive layered vocal melodies, which switch seamlessly between rapping and singing; and true to the song’s dark lyrical theme, Chris’s powerfully emotive voice evokes a feeling of melancholy, yet nonetheless remains indelibly captivating and uniquely memorable.
“Stockholm Syndrome” is quite an enjoyable listen, showcasing Chris Caulfield’s brilliant songwriting as well as his superb musicianship; I would highly recommend this track to fans of alternative/indie rock and lofi hip-hop alike.
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