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The past is forever bleeding into the present on Lost Vagus, Katie Cruels debut. Recorded on Radar in a cow barn, Cruel’s record is an intoxicating collection of tainted love songs that float within the trademark reverb and air space perfected by Grammy-winning engineer and producer Mark Howard.
“Katie Cruel” is a centuries-old traditional folk song that tells the tale of a woman who falls out of favour with those who once celebrated her wild charms. Katie Cruel is a singer-songwriter who named herself after it.
All of the songs on Lost Vagus resonate with a heavy blend of resignation and vulnerability as they tell the stories of women who find themselves at the intersection of chaos and control. These are songs for those who know how it feels to distrust your own desires. People who exhale smoke with every sigh. Katie Cruel is a ghost on the move but she keeps her eyes on the road.
Howard's reputation for live-off-the-floor techniques allowed for a near-telepathic interconnectivity among the players (Cruel, Anna Ruddick, Gavin Brown, Jimmy Bowskill, Michael Chaves), resulting in an immersive musical experience. “ I figure why not just show exactly and honestly who and where I am right now. But with really nice reverb."
Cruel highlights the mysterious ways in which the world provides answers to questions we didn't know we wanted to ask.
✍️ Damian Rogers & Kate Boothman
📸 David Leyes
HORSE GRAPHIC: WINSTON ROWNTREE
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