The pandemic, sadly, isn’t over yet. But thanks to vaccines, we’ve been able to go out and reconnect with people, and not just from six feet away. As we almost literally embrace a return to society, that period of isolation won’t soon be forgotten. There's little doubt that it will be revisited as a source of inspiration for years to come.

But it won’t all be dreary. Chile-born Nashville pop singer Catalina’s new single “Distance” is admittedly inspired by the last year of isolation, but it’s not what you'd call a pandemic ballad by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, it’s a bouncy, guitar-driven jam, and Catalina’s powerful vocals emphasize a sense of independence and self-reliance as she orders “a stranger in [her] past” to stay away. It also channels that eagerness to get back out into the world, which is pretty appropriate for a summer single.

“The instrumentation was so light and poppy that I went in there to match that energy,” Catalina says in a release. “It was such a weird year, I just wanted to have fun. I did, and still am.”

You can catch the new song and more — like the standout "Multifacética" — live this weekend. Catalina will be performing Saturday night at The High Watt, as part of the show headlined by Safari Room and Walden. The show starts at 8 p.m. and you can grab advance tickets for $10 here.

Talking With Chilean Powerhouse Catalina

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