Holds Me Down (Single)

Holds Me Down (Single)

'Holds Me Down' Digital MP3 Download



Test Card Girl is a solo project by Manchester, UK singer/songwriter Catherine Burgis who started unexpectedly writing songs in 2019 aged 35. Bored of an admin-based existence, Catherine set off on a song-writing journey into all corners of her mind, simultaneously becoming a stand-up comedian touring the country with a novelty miniature keyboard. In late 2019 she began working with producer Dave Fidler on upcoming debut album 'Seven Dolls' and featured on Tom Robinson's' Fresh On the Net ‘Fresh Faves' list in June 2020. She takes her name from the iconic image of the girl and clown used on UK television to signal the end of evening broadcasting - a girl trapped in a technicolour world of screens and machines.



'Holds Me Down ' is an optimistic lofi Indiepop love song stacking folk harmonies over retro 80's/90's synthesizers. Test Card Girl draws on the musical giants of her Manchester, UK heritage echoing the punchy synths of New Order and the confessional songwriting of Guy Garvey and John Bramwell. With her first single she's swapped finger-picking guitar for intricate arpeggiator layers weaving in and out of interlocking 'spine-tingling mutli-layered vocal harmonies' (Trust the Doc Blog June 2020). The track is influenced by artists such Marika Hackman, Susanne Sundfør, Tallest Man on Earth, Chvrches, Jesca Hoop, Imogen Heap, Big Thief and Bon Iver as well as songwriting heroes Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman. The overall affect a passionate yet low key tale of loss, love and hope.



- Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net 'Fresh Faves' June 2020


Releases September 18, 2020

Track Credits:
Lead Vocals, Synths: Catherine Burgis
Backing Vocals: Dave Fidler
Drums: Andy Fidler
Bass: Ray Mitchell
Mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios
Artwork: @spncrrbns

Written by Catherine Burgis
Produced by Dave Fidler at The Fuse Studio Manchester

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