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Loren Kate's New Single, EP and Tour

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Loren Kate, successful singer/song-writer, winner of the 2014 Telstra Road to Discovery, is back. New EP 'Til Night Meets the Sun', a gem. I had the opportunity to speak with Loren about her EP (including her popular 'When You Leave' single), as well as her Australian tour. In case you're unfamilar with Loren, allow me to fill you in, before proceeding to the (audio) interview.

Loren Kate Til Night Meets the Sun
c/o Lorencate.com.au


Like many artists, career counseling wasn't necessary. Bursting out the gate, straight of school, she converted her passion into reality. It wasn't easy. There was busking at 3am ("when people were at their drunkest so they couldn't hear how terrible I was"), selling necklaces, bed-making - whatever it took to quench her insatiable passion. Four months, strumming on the cold streets. Until one night, after being given a bus by a pie-eyed reveller (either extremely drunk or Loren very impressive - probably both), she launched her first tour - small shows/open-mic's, whatever, wherever. This preliminary stage, when it dawned that this was her calling. And nothing else.

Loren Kate Til Night Meets the Sun
c/o Lorencate.com.au

'Contemporary folk' perfectly encapsulates - at least technically. Categorising ignores her heartwarming vibe. While a far, far cry from gospel music, it shares that same uplifting spiritualism. It ain't preachy. Uh-uh. More so, 'stubbornly positive' - ie putting one foot in front of the other, and fighting. It organically stems from this place - of endurance; perseverance. But it's not some pretentious shtick. It's simply Loren on a plate. What she does, is communicate, and hopefully inspire. But it's not just her honesty that differentiates her, but the way she moulds her music around the narrative.

Loren Kate
c/o Lorencate.com.au


Loren does a great job of de-shackling the listener. By addressing issues such as isolation, suppression, depression, her music not only inspires, but also challenges the confinements society can impose. In a world where superficial reigns supreme, Loren prescribes returning to our true self. In a world where technology often stifles, Loren sees a need to reopen dialogues. Loren doesn't achieve her objectives by being forthright alone. Also through craftsmanship. Her lyrics are earthy, untidy, thus moving - rather than artificially squeezed in. And her guitar-playing consistently evokes precise emotions.

Loren Kate
c/o Lorencate.com.au


But...this ain't pop music. Well...obviously. What I mean is, if you're wanting to groove it up, or plug into 'the latest', an appetite may be lacking. Having said that, I think we (me included) need to wean off cheap gimmicks. Feed our minds quality. Some assert (even Loren) that musicians maintain a license to fashion whatever they please. Whilst I appreciate this and mostly agree, I respectfully disagree to a certain extent. At the risk of sounding like a sanctimonious blowhard (despite probably being one), I believe when music's used as a platform to make a relevant point (a la Loren's poignant messages), both it and we are all the more richer.

Loren Kate
c/o Lorencate.com.au


The only direction for Loren is up. She's not there yet (in terms of her ambitions). Though an accomplished artist, she can accomplish even more. But she's scaling her Mt Everest, with the apex in her sights. With an angelic voice, evocative guitar-playing, rare grace, this bright delight is going places.

Here is my phone interview with Loren Kate. Knowing her a little better now, I squirm at how insensitive I sounded (Loren was gracious enough to pardon that). I'm fully aware I fumbled. But with Loren's buoyancy circulating through me - live and learn.

Loren has one show in Melbourne - next Wednesday at The Toff in Town (2/252 Swanston St, Melbourne). For tickets click here.
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When: 14th October, 7:30pm
Where: The Toff in Town
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Folk with a bit of spiritualism is a good mix. Loren sounds like a very motivatated and positive lady. Hats off to her for her relentless efforts.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5681) 796 days ago
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