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They say it can take a few albums to really write something of quality, but not with Katie’s debut album ‘Dark Water’. Katie has written an album with the skill of a poet and the heart of a musician. With lines like ‘Fingerprint my mind for evidence’ and ‘I’ve been fooled by the weight of a rolling dice that only ever landed in mid-air’. These songs aren’t lighthearted tunes, but ones that draw you into the heart and soul of who we are underneath our disguises.
‘The American Song’ came from an experience she had in America as she travelled by train for three days straight. Someone she sat next to, told her their whole life story as they headed south. The story was full of casualties from a past they had not yet surrendered. Everyone on the train was trying to escape a hurricane and so a story of freedom and escape from the inside and out was born. Talking about ‘The American Song’ Katie said ‘Even though our stories may be different what we feel is the same.’
Then there are her more unusual melodies that twist and bend into unexpected places, melodies like ‘Dark Water’ that convey how someone sees a relationship ending through someone’s quiet distances. A melody so unique it reminds you of no one and is yet strangely familiar, until comparisons seem futile.
Katie is an artist’s artist and has the quality of work of some of the old songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, who weren’t only beloved by their fans but by other artists too. A body of work that commands and deserves attention and respect.
Her artistry is carried through into the videos she made for ‘The American Song’ and ‘Orion Sky’. These have been made from many different video clips provided under the creative commons licence. She scours the web for just the right imagery that helps to tell the lyrical story. She then slices them together, creating some very compelling and interesting sequences. ‘I really like those music videos where the words and video are held together with each other, rather than at odds with one another. I wanted to create videos that gave the words another dimension….Plus it was a lot of fun ploughing through the web for video clips!’
And if that wasn’t enough Katie has also recorded and produced her album ‘Dark Water’. She built her own home studio and made a vocal booth from an old doctor’s screen she bought on eBay. ‘I tried to keep the production as simple as possible, only adding what the song needed and leaving the rest to breathe.’
Katie’s talent is undeniable, this being her first album you can only imagine where she may go next, her potential seems long and vast. Her vision clear…‘I want to bring all the elements together from the songwriting, the videos and the production so that each one belongs to the other’.
‘Never confuse self-pity with artistic inspiration. Katie doesn’t. Pain is a shared currency that unites us. When scars need words, there are songs and poems to articulate them. Dark Water is a mirror of phrases; songs that capture images the way a painting captures the view. Very much a solo album Katie not only writes and sings, but also creates ‘all other sounds’ on the album, from guitar and soft harmonica to drum samples.
She even built the home studio it’s recorded in, incorporating an old doctor’s screen – lifted from eBay – as a vocal booth! And it has all those classic magical singer-songwriter alchemies, with dreams as dark as molasses. Shadowlands was a 1993 movie about C.S Lewis and bereavement; here its also a slow death at the wheel.
‘The American Song’ is strong all the way from Katrina to freedoms that bleed away. There’s a calculated pause that immaculately punctuates ‘Abandoned Love’. ‘Theatre Cafe’ operates on a number of levels – a parental break-up confessional, a short story passed down…or maybe even a fantasy? And on, through stark, transient endings beneath the ‘Orion Sky’.’ – Andrew Darlington RnR