Monday, 29 February 2016

Leap Year Delights: Kit - Reverieme

Kit - How Hard.

Background promo - Kit returns with her second single, “How Hard”, following the success of her last. “Goodbye”, released in June 2015, was spun on triple j Good Nights, 2015 with Richard Kingsmill and Home & Hosed with Dom Alessio. It featured for 2 weeks in the AMRAP charts, reaching number 3 overall, and held the number 1 spot on triple j unearthed for 3 weeks. 

“How Hard” being released this February via Marshmallow Pavement Records is a R&B-infused, pulsing track, characterised by the undeniable strength of Kate Watt’s vocals. Finding inspiration to create the song through retelling the experiences of those closest to her, Kate found catharsis of her own. 

“The track originated from a drunken night with a best mate, and her experiences of never-ending heartbreak with an on- again-off-again partner. I wanted so badly to tell her to walk away, but I could see how much she loved this person. I used the words of a poem she shared with me to fuel the song. It was almost finished, when I found myself experiencing something similar with someone close to me. You love someone so much that you can't seem to break away, even though it's destroying every part of you. I used the last part of writing to get my own pain out and in front of me. It is now so personal for me as it holds a memory of so many people I love in it.” - Kit 

Kate grew up playing in her Dad’s blues band, busking and touring from a young age. She’s gone on to play festivals like The National Blues Fest, Byron Bay Blues, and The Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, with her previous band The Blue Ruins. Kit is now eager for a run of shows to support her first two singles as a solo artist. Look for upcoming shows and the release of a music video for “How Hard” produced by Killafish Productions in early 2016. 

We featured Kit's first single back in May of last year, and remain mightily impressed. Superb vocals that interact with the music in a dynamic manner, this is powerful, punchy and emotionally strong. What an excellent lesson in how to make a follow up single.
 
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Reverieme - Venus.

Background promo - Having supported Gotye, Newton Faulkner and Emmy The Great on tour, Reverieme has already caught the attention of some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists. Reverieme aka Louis Connell hails from the quaint Scottish market town of Airdrie. Inspired by the myriad books, films and records she has devoured throughout her life, she creates captivating, haunting songs that offer an intriguing glimpse of an inquisitive mind and a unique view of the world around her.

Having absorbed the musical influence of such diverse artists as Neko Case, Of Montreal, Arcade Fire and Amanda Palmer along with many others, she also creates all of her own artwork, photography and videos for each release, including a beautiful and powerful video for the song Plankton, which gained many plaudits and was accompanied by a fascinating essay explaining the origins of both the song and the
video. Her evident skill with language is more than matched by her ability to pair it with beautiful melodies to create stunning, timeless songs, the meaning of which is very much left to the listener.

After tempting audiences with the acoustic collection Or Else The Light, which saw her win fans at BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 (including Lauren Laverne) and Radio X, Reverieme is currently building towards the release of her sophomore studio album.

Heading up the collection is a working of Venus produced with Stuart Macleod, which was first heard in a stripped back to the bones working on Or Else The Light. Venus showcases the depth of Reverieme’s lyrical intelligence and emotional honesty. A reflective but determined song, it epitomises the intensity of Reverieme’s craft – an artist who will not only engage with her enchanting melodies, but will also provoke thought.

This is such a beautiful and sensitive song. If it's not the vocals that get you, the music and wonderful production surely will. It's one of those songs that stops me from doing anything else, just to listen.


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