Taking a darker soul-searching route since her wonderful EP Katie Malco & The Slow Parade on Alcopop! Records back in 2011 (The Slow Parade), Katie Malco is back with the undoubted highlight of her career so far - her new EPTearing Ventricles.
Lilting heavy piano accompaniment with soaring vocals that effortlessly evoke a whole diorama of emotions, this is brave new territory for the girl who flippantly describes herself as 'Pop music for people that don't like JLS and so on' - and yet the music itself speaks far more than any lazy metaphor could describe in a press release.
One of many highlights, the complex EP ends with a breathtaking cover of hardcore band Pariso's Mystifier. Lead single Ventricles is available as a free download today - from Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The tour version of the new EP (backed with her last EP Katie Malco & The Slow Parade as B-side) is available from the Alcopop!
In Katie's words; "Over the year I lived in Brixton, I wrote an EP's worth of songs on my housemate's piano, each song marking a different turn in the year - endings and beginnings. I decided to go into the studio and record everything live. Producer Jamie Field (Tubelord, Tall Ships) and I went to my old University in Kingston where there's a huge live room and a Steinway grand piano. We went in, mic'd up, and I sat down and played the songs live in full takes. In around 12 hours I had completely exhausted myself and also captured the most soul-baring collection of songs I had ever written, live."
July 16 The Belted Galloway Newton Stewart, Scotland
July 17 Opium Edinburgh
July 20 Carefully Planned Manchester
July 21 Arena Galleries and Studios Liverpool
July 22 Gaslight Club at Oporto Leeds
July 23 Labour Club Northampton
July 24 Fools Paradise at Catch London
July 25 Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham
July 26 The Gallimaufry Bristol
July 27 Café Irie Newquay
July 28 Live Bar Truro
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.