Designed to mimic the dramatic roller-coaster ride of an intense emotional experience, the Toronto singer-songwriter’s latest single alternates between powerful swells of energy and drops into the void, as the production complements the tone and timbre changes in Caulfield’s personal vocals.
“The brain can enter a numb-type state following periods of high intensity, such as an anxiety attack, a traumatic experience, etc,” Caulfield shares. “The result of the rush/crash acts as a protective mechanism; that’s what I wanted to re-create in the song. I found my first experience with numbness uncomfortable and, while short-lived, it was something that both intrigued and concerned me — a calm in the eye of the storm, but a feeling that you shouldn’t be there. That sort of conflict is associated with going numb: trying to associate our brain’s protective efforts yet feeling the intensity of a situation or pain. It shouldn’t be masked or taken out of focus, and I wanted to weave that into the song.”
Despite the wave of new musicians crashing on the shores of 2022, Caulfield stands above the noise with his introspective lyrics and evocative melodies, using engaging compositions as the foundation for his tightly woven mix of alternative, emo rock, hip-hop and more.
Caulfield is no stranger to strife. Struggling with chronic pain, mental health, and a range of challenges and obstacles standing between him and a successful music career, there was never a shortage of inspiration for this emerging artist. Throw a global pandemic into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster — or success, in Caulfield’s case. Once the lockdown was in full effect, Caulfield went to work setting up a home studio. While his initial intent when beginning the producing process was to find a healthy coping mechanism, it eventually blossomed into something else. Within a few short months, Caulfield had released a batch of singles: The Other Way, Gripped and Wolves, followed a week later by Letdown.