Premiere: Kaitie Forbes Soars on Intimate Alt-Pop Outpouring “At the Same Time”

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Kaitie Forbes’ energetic anthem “At the Same Time” is an intimate alt-pop “Sk8er Boi” lament of missed connections and bad timings, surging with hope, passion, and determination.
Stream: “At the Same Time” – Kaitie Forbes

I think music is a way to connect and relate to people that you’ve never even met.

Sometimes love just doesn’t work out the way it’s supposed to. They liked you, but you didn’t like them back… and then when you come around and start to crush on them, they’re over you; they’ve moved on. It’s a high school, college, and life trope that for some reason, just seems to never stop being relevant – and therefore, worth taking the time to think on and sing about. Kaitie Forbes’ energetic second single “At the Same Time” is an intimate alt-pop “Sk8er Boi” lament of missed connections and bad timings, surging with hope, passion, and determination.

At the Same Time - Kaitie Forbes

At the Same Time – Kaitie Forbes

I don’t need an explanation
I’m perfectly fine being patient
I could wait my whole life
Going in the same direction
But never find the intersection
You & I are parallel lines

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “At the Same Time,” the sophomore single from Nashville-based alt-pop artist Kaitie Forbes. Formerly the frontwoman for Salt Lake City indie pop band Westward the Tide, Forbes left her native Utah three years ago to pursue a solo career in Nashville’s bustling, bubble-still-yet-to-burst pop scene. Her debut single “Hotel Room” introduced her in October 2018 as a finessed sonic architect with an ear for catchy pop melodies and immersive electropop soundscapes (the song has gone on to eclipse 80,000 native Spotify streams).

More Avril Lavigne than Britney Spears and more Katy Perry than Taylor Swift, Kaitie Forbes crafts infectious and raw pop music. “At the Same Time” presents itself as a pop/rock anthem defined by high highs and low lows – the guitars explode in a fiery chorus, only to mute themselves as Forbes sweetly croons the outro, “We both want each other at the same time” – her silvery voice caressing the instrumentation, a delicate whisper in a dark room.

Kaitie Forbes © Rachel Domonique

Kaitie Forbes © Rachel Domonique

We can’t ever get the timing quite together
But it won’t be like this forever
You know it and I know it

“Normally I write to get something that’s deep within me out of my system,” Kaitie Forbes tells Atwood Magazine. “This song wasn’t like that. I wrote it to bring it into existence. Kind of like a manifestation. It stemmed from being into a guy who wasn’t into me. He had actually asked me out months before, but I wasn’t interested then. The timing just hadn’t worked out. I don’t think this is uncommon, and it seems like it should be easy to just “decide” to change how you feel once the timing is good, but I don’t think it works that way and that can be so frustrating. So it originated from a personal plac,e but I hope it’s something a lot of people can connect to. I think music is a way to connect and relate to people that you’ve never even met. It brings people together, makes someone feel like they’re not the only one feeling a certain away, and brings emotions to life in a whole new way.”

You’ll be getting with somebody
Break it off with that somebody
Just when I am with somebody else
You’ll give me more attention
Yeah just pulling on tension
But it won’t go anywhere until
We both want each other at the same time

Riding a see-saw of unresolved emotions, “At the Same Time” climaxes in style before careening into smooth, softer, and equally memorable hooks. “But it won’t go anywhere until, we both want each other at the same time,” Forbes sings with resolve. Whether she’s belting or hushed, Forbes’ pure vocal talent shines with excitable force. She’s young, she’s independent, and she’s committed – both to her craft, as well as to this will-they-won’t-they emotional roller-coaster. Stream “At the Same Time” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more from Kaitie Forbes in the coming year!

We know any other lover
Is only there to tie us over
Until the universe gives in
Our eyes are filling up with emotion
I guess for now we’ll leave it unspoken
Until it can no longer be held in
Stream: “At the Same Time” – Kaitie Forbes

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com