Catbug, nom de plume of Paulien Rondou, winner of ‘The Six’, the Antwerp provincial pop and rock competition.  

In 2018 she released her first album Universe on the new Illuminine Records. A new Belgian label that offers a home for melancholic lo-fi tunes.

After growing up in the Belgian countryside, Paulien completed her studies in Fine Arts at the Antwerp Conservatory and currently lives on a farm close to Antwerp.

Here she also recorded her material for ‘Universe’. As it turned out to be the perfect place to create an album while at one with nature. A space to dream of faraway places and mountain landscapes.

More an intimate story than just a regular album, ‘Universe’ speaks through eleven bedroom recordings. Songs bathed in the atmosphere of films like ‘Old Joy’ by Kelly Reichardt and ‘Cemetry of Splendor’ by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Catbug takes the listener on a journey, reflecting her past on a personal and artistic level.

The love for tranquility and loneliness is not only reflected in the lyrics, but also in simple melodies. The strumming sounds peaceful and the vocals, just loud enough not to disturb the quiet yet still draw the song completely.

Think of wildlife dreams or the worlds of movies such as “Old Joy” by Kelly Reichardt and “Cemetery of Splendour” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and you’ll find yourself on the planet Catbug.

Whoever is a fan of DIY indie-lo-fi should listen to the album of this up and coming Belgian talent.

Let Catbug entangle you in her musical nets…