Wednesday 19 February 2014
Kate Miller - New Waves
Imagine you were a record company type and were looking for the dreaded ‘next big thing’. Then imagine that whilst you were looking we came along and told you that we had another one of those big-lunged British female singers who had one song that sounded like a subtler soulful version of Florence & The Machine and another one that was a tiny bit like Banks, with a few Bastille like ‘oh-oh’s’ on it. Then we’d mention that this artist has also recorded a version of Keane’s Everybody’s Changing that is far stronger than Lily Allen’s wet blanket of a version released for that John Lewis advert (and sounds quite Christmas-like to boot). We’d probably also tell you that her two original songs have a brooding pop magnificence and that the artist in question names the likes of maverick lady Tracey Emin and Greek painter, performance artist and sculptor Jannis Kounellis as inspirations.
You’d probably be pretty excited wouldn’t you? You might even sign her right away. Ok, you'd probably take a listen to the songs first, but after that you would be convinced.
Well here she is. Her name is Kate Miller. We quite like the fact she's called Kate Miller, because it's a nice straightforward name rather than one of these artist nom de plume's that seem to be all the rage these days, from Lana Del Rey to Lorde. She’s 19 years old, and has been working with the likes of Julian Emery (who has written for Lissie and McFly) and Ed Harcourt (if you haven't heard Ed's recent work with Sophie Ellis Bextor you're missing a lovely treat) and is due to release a yet-to-be titled debut EP later this year. Is it too early to start talking about Ones to Watch for 2015?
Answer = no.
Hear one of her original songs below or both here.
Kate Miller - Collar Up
Kate Miller - Everybody's Changing (You Tube Stream)