Introducing: Kate Martin

Townsville, the Australian city that brought us the wonderful The Middle East (who sadly disbanded last year), have a exciting new talent to shout about: twenty-something singer Kate Martin (and her band The Shallow Sea Choir).

Fairly innocuous by name perhaps, but certainly not by her dreamy and beautiful brand of indie-folk, which appears to be building up a steady head of steam in Oz right now ahead of the release of her second album, “Hand Me My Bow And Arrow”, which comes out next month (23 March) through Shock Records.

Her current single, “Candle Burnin’, Wax Drippin” has just been released Down Under (on Friday just gone), and possesses the ethereal, otherworldly qualities and rich harmonies we’ve come to associate with the likes of Feist, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang and the aforementioned Middle East, with Martin’s slightly kooky vocals drawing in and captivating the listener from the outset.

Previous single “Apples” is a sunnier and far more conventional indie-pop number with a gorgeous chorus that’s (hopefully) coming to a radio station near you before too long. All this bodes well for the forthcoming full length, which on this evidence, might well be one worth going out of your way to seek out upon its release.

MP3: Kate Martin – Apples

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