One of my most treasured discoveries of this year is the beautiful music of Kate York, which is quite a bold statement considering that her debut album isn’t even available yet.
Musically, York’s sound is a healthy texture of traditional folk and Americana, whose success is owed to smart production by Neilson Hubbard and York’s confident, calming voice. And in just a short time, she has somehow mastered that inexplicable magic that music of this genre seems to possess.
Previously living in Hollywood, CA, York originally arrived in Nashville, TN in 1999 for a career in record engineering, but soon found a passion for songwriting. It was after a brief period writing songs for local artists around Nashville that York decided to write them for herself and soon began performing the club scene, quickly earning the praises of songwriters like Mindy Smith and Matthew Ryan.
Released late last year, Kate York’s EP serves as a sampler of what’s to come on her debut album, Sadlylove. And if the five-song collection (which includes an incredible cover of the Cure‘s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’)serves as any indication as to what to expect from further releases, then York will surely be a household name in a short time.
‘Wished For Song’ is the perfect track for first-time listeners who will notice York’s incredibly clear and soft voice immediately. Even amid a steady dose of guitar work and percussion, she’s heard perfectly.
The soft and beautifully mellow ‘Stay With Me,’ is possibly what York meant with titling her album ‘Sadlylove.’ Sung in a somber tone, it perfectly captures how well sadness and love go together. Fellow songwriter Mindy Smith makes an equally sweet and complimentary guest appearance.
‘The Right Way’ is a near-definite cut from the upcoming Sadlylove. Although it’s missing from the EP, this is yet another infectious track that will surely whet your appetite for more.