Australian-born musician Margie Lewis has lived in Dublin since 2008. She currently sings and plays violin with the band Halves and has collaborated with Rhob Cunningham, Cry Monster Cry, The Ambience Affair, Friend? and is a member of the Young Hearts Run Free Collective. A classically trained violinist and jazz vocalist, Margie plays a myriad of antique instruments, experiments with loops, electronics, heavy beats and tops it off with her rich, bewildering vocals. She hopes to release an EP by the September so keep your ears and eyes peeled!
Katie Kim is the pseudonym of Katie Sullivan when she performs and records her Slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Paired with vocals that have been compared to Zola Jesus, Coco Rosie, Cat Power and Joanna Newsom, the music revolves and swims around layers of fuzzy drips and murky clouds but always seems to come to an elegant conclusion.
The band have recently finished scoring and performing an original soundtrack in conjunction with the French Film Festival for Germain Dulacs 1927 controversial masterpiece, “The seashell &The Clergyman” , which was believed to be one of the first Avant Garde, Surrealist films ever made. They performed the soundtrack live to a sell out Audience, including renouned director Agnes Varde and will be releasing the performance as a multi media package later this year.
Katie Kim’s second release, “Cover&Flood”, a double vinyl release consisting of some 20 songs she recorded over the last 2 years, some at home, some in a makeshift studio and others by the sea. Cover&Flood is available to buy now.
“Katie Kim’s second album Cover and Flood is a dark, haunting piece from the fiercely talented Irish songstress. It’s musically situated somewhere between P.J. Harvey’s Let England Shake and Portishead’s Third. It’s right up there with Cathy Davey, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan and other more polished outfits. Yet, that is as far as the comparison goes. Katie Kim’s style is entirely of her own making.Let’s just put this out there, there has yet to be an album this year which in my humble opinion surpasses this work. Katie Kim has created something incredibly rare. It is an album which has authenticity, impact and unquestionable prowess. It really is a privilege to get to listen to this standard of music.”
“Let us get to the heart of the matter straight away: Katie Kim’s Cover And Flood is very, very good. Appealingly minimal half-whispered melodies blend with primitive guitar arpeggios, or pianos and cellos, or organs and harmoniums, or drum-machine beatz, or electronic fuzz, and over it all varying degrees of echo, reverb, distortion and background noise wash like a comforting lo-fi sea.”
- HOT PRESS 2012