Fresh + Live in Cork – Katie Kim, Spilly Walker, Donal DineenNovember 9, 2009
We’re getting ready to hit the road for Fresh Air live- 4 special live shows as part of FRESH AIR. The first stop is the Pavilion in Cork tomorrow night (Sun 15th) where special guest Spilly Walker joins artist-in-residence Katie Kim. The show will be presented by Donal Dineen who will also provide live visuals throughout, and spin tunes after the gig in to the small hours.
Katie Kim’s music has been alternately described as perfect swellings, sedated, distorted chaos and sculpted slow burns; words which only go some way to describing the music that bleeds from Katie Kim. Formerly a member of the Galaxy 500-esque, dreampop outfit Dae-Kim she left the band in early 2008 to start recording the songs she had been writing over the past 5 years, until a computer mishap wiped over 50 of her finished works. A collection of new songs, born from the mourning of this loss, butterflied into Twelve; her critically acclaimed debut album.
Twelve has generated an overwhelming response, with many calling it the great hidden albums of 2008. Initially released on limited edition vinyl it was re-released on CD in early 2009 and has quickly fallen into the favourite lists of anyone that owns a copy.
“One of my favourite Irish albums of the season comes from Waterford lass Katie Kim. “Twelve” is a slow-burner, all weird turns and fuzzy twists. Live, Katie and her two hooded co-players get tougher and grittier in a Mazzy Star rocking out with Cat Power kind of way” – The Irish Times
First emerging in 2007 on the Donal Dineen curated Foggy Notions compilation; ’Small Hours Summer Mornings, Spilly Walker’s Let the Freak Come Out at Night married pop-craft with electro’s intensity. Although a departure from his back-catalogue, the voice was unmistakably that of David Kitt. His accomplice is younger brother Robbie Kitt, and that first track was followed by a memorable performance in the Foggy Notions tent at Electric Picnic in 2008, where they mashed-up synths, old skool house-style motifs and emotive choruses into a forty-minute rush of disco soul. Expect disco, soul, electro and lush beats underpinning Spilly’s distinctive vocal stylings. The debut album is near completion and should see a release early next year.
Katie Kim, Spilly Walker and Donal Dineen play the Pavilion in Cork on Sunday 15th November at 8.30pm.