It was a different time, the road to stardom for young artists did not lie in a gargantuan queue for an X Factor audition. EMI signed Kate at 16, alerted to her talent by Dave Gilmour, but chose to let her develop as an artist rather than thrust her into the spotlight at such a tender age. Can you imagine that happening today? This wise investment would pay huge dividends, as Kate amassed a vast number of songs to choose from and honed the dance skills that would have such an impact on how she presented her material to the world.
One of the joys of Kate's music is the weird and wonderful places she takes you to through her songs. She has a magpie ability to steal inspiration from a myriad of sources, from the everyday mundane to the deeply spiritual. A big misconception about Kate is that she is a creature of fantasy, when her songs are firmly rooted in the reality of our own world; it's just that Kate sees it in her own special way.
The title track closes the album and is a touchstone of Kate's special talents. Kate plays the part of Lizie Wan, from the traditional ballad about an incestuous relationship between brother and sister. The kicking she feels is their illicit baby, growing inside her. It is haunting and beautiful and deeply unsettling. This breathtaking performance was from a special filmed for Dutch TV.
Incest, Brontëan ghosts, strange phenomena... Kate had arrived and music would never be the same again.
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