Single Review: Cat Ryan – Blessed Through the TV

by Emily Duff

Blessed Through the TV is Cat Ryan’s second single of 2020. Based in Newcastle, the band already have fans across the UK.

Opening with an oriental sound that remains throughout the track, Blessed Through the TV takes on an unusual but very enjoyable spin on their usual indie rock music. Emerging within the scene, Cat Ryan are already presenting themselves as creatives – thinking outside of the box with their alternative takes on the typical Alt-Rock sounds. This oriental rhythm then blends perfectly into the warm vocals of Mary-Anne and typical rock beat, creating a unique but equally headbanging tune as the rest of their music. 

The lyricism of Mary-Anne behind the tune is also rather poignant. The track discusses the complexities of life, further amplifying their alternative take on indie music by straying away from the typical romance troubles. Using their own life experiences, Blessed Through the TV “deals with the theme of half-heartedness; the limbo between abandonment and commitment” explains Mary-Anne. 

These lyrics rely heavily on use of metaphorical expression. The original inspiration being the fact Mary-Anne had received an angel figurine from her aunt – hence the imagery of the single artwork. Mary-Anne further explains that, “The Pope had done a mass blessing through the television, telling people to hold items up to the TV to be blessed. It didn’t quite make sense to me; it was almost a half-hearted blessing, and this sparked the ideas behind the song”. This explains the complexities of so many topics within the tune. Possibly the idea of what is after death and faith as well as the main focus of commitment and morals and trust.

A catchy but equally thoughtful track. It is available to listen to on Spotify now.





Published by emilyduff

Emily is a Journalist and PR Assistant from Newcastle who is currently studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is also the owner and producer of her magazine, Darling, Lifestyle Editor for Forge Press and Marketing Lead for Liberty Belle Magazine.

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