There’s been countless imitators since the passing of Elliott Smith, but Brooklyn songwriter Will Graefe is one of a handful that really feels like he’s approximating Smith’s star. Most of that revolves around Graefe’s vocals; they carry that fragility that almost shatters your heart just by listening. It doesn’t hurt that there’s some vocal accompaniment by the always mesmerizing Katie Von Schleicher, adding a nice little texture to this track. The one difference here is that the unfolding of this song seems to allow for a little bit of solace, lifting spiritually as the tune reaches its latter half. You’ll find this tune on Marine Life, Will’s new LP dropping on April 30th.
Katie Von Schleicher drops her new album Consummation next Friday, and as we hear another single today, it seems the songwriter has honed her craft into one of shape-shifting prowess. Her last single “Wheel” was this almost buoyant pop ditty, kicking its heels up and having a ball. But, with “Brutality” you get a more thought-provoking slow mover with Katie’s voice draped over a minimal beat and occasional guitar line. As a fan of 10 second pop nuggets, I think you can’t go wrong just check in at the track just before the 1 minute (and again at 1:52) mark, hitting the chorus highlights…worth its weigh in gold I dare say! Consummation is out on May 22nd via Ba Da Bing.
If you listen to the latest single from Katie Von Schleicher, your enjoyment is going to be two-fold. First, Katie and director V Haddad are donating their budget for this video to Safe Horizon (providing support/promotion justice to victims of domestic violence); this especially important considering that abuse often goes unnoticed and unreported during a situation like our current quarantine. Second, the song’s another great tune from the forthcoming Consummation LP; I think I was already hooked upon hearing that angular guitar chugging away in the front of the mix, all before Von Schleicher even entered the picture with her smoky vocal charms. The video’s a lot of fun, capturing women/non-binary artists remotely capturing simple joys to the sound of the song; I’m surprised we’re not seeing more videos like this at the moment! The new LP is out May 22nd via Ba Da Bing.
It’s rare that you find a great Monday evening show, but tonight we have just such an event with Katie von Schleicher playing at Barracuda tonight. If you read these pages, you’ve likely heard me rave about Bleaksploitation and Shitty Hits…and even a quick write up on her latest single Glad to Be Here. She waltzes into town tonight with deserved buzz, and several albums worth of powerful songs that put her on par with the Angel Olsens and Cate Le Bons of the my world. Plus, she’s joined by our friend Jana Horn as the opening act, which means you have to show up super early to catch what we can only assume will be another striking performance by Jana. Doors open at Barracuda at 8 PM.
Brooklyn’s Wilder Maker are prepping Zion, their forthcoming LP for Northern Spy Records, and they’ve just released a new video from the album. There’s a bunch of things to love about the video, not the least of which is the music. The band employ a careful approach, letting the song build upon itself rather than filling in every inch of space with sonic touches; it leaves the song open and welcoming. That’s perfect, as it allows for Katie Von Schleicher to offer up an expected vocal performance, smoky and soulful. The video itself features a party scene played out in reverse, with the world’s tiniest ping son table and a plant spinning records. Look for Zion to drop on July 13th.
Just a bit ago, Katie Von Schleicher revealed she’d be following up Shitty Hits with a brand new 7″, and this week, the B-Side has been floating around the Interwebs. This track spends the first minute and a half highlighting Katie’s vocal performance, with atmosphere crafted out of a jazzy ride on the cymbal. Moving along, the song erupts with this beautifully longing guitar chord that snakes through the tune before fading away, only to be replaced by Von Schleicher’s voice yet again. She’s at the top of her game right now for sure; don’t miss on grabbing the new 7″ from Ba Da Bing on May 4th. Her tour also includes an Austin date on June 18th…for our local pals.
Seems like only last year that Katie Von Schleicher released Shitty Hits…wait, that was last year! She’s back now with the announcement of a new 7″ coming your way in a few months. Opening with a crunchy guitar seemingly gets the listener on edge, before Katie comes in with her voice to soothe your ears. Beneath, there’s almost a steady, percussive stomp, allowing a platform for guitar chords to knife in and out behind Von Schleicher’s voice. And then, right after the 2 minute mark, you think you’ve got it all figured out, but her voice soars putting some finality to the gem of a tune. You can grab the new 7″ on May 4th via Ba Da Bing, and catch her next week at that whole SXSW thing!
After witnessing the genius of Aldous Harding last evening, it seems only fitting that I’d fall in love with another slow-moving chanteuse, Katie Von Schleicher. Her music’s been on my radar for some time, but I’m appreciative of her restraint in this latest single. To me, it sounds like she crafted the song based on vocals alone, then built the tune up by texturing with various layers of ambient sounds…be it a pulsing heartbeat or ghostly notes floating in the distance. You don’t need your pop music to hit you over the head with hooks, and if you agree, then check out her new album Shitty Hits on July 28th via Ba Da Bing Records.
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Haven’t written about Katie Von Schleicher for a bit, so now that she’s announced a new album, seems like the perfect time to enjoy her work. She’s working her vocal magic over a pretty mellow vibe, which has a few occasions to get a little more emphatic with fuzzy noise and a slight bounce. For me, her voice is always the draw; she has this way to alter tones, even from syllable to syllable…and that’s on display here. I like how she takes deeper tones and stretches them into something more euphoric as the notes are drawn out. She’s just announced Shitty Hits for release on July 28th via Ba Da Bing, so stay tuned for more.
I’ve really been enjoying this new single from Katie Von Schleicher. She’s prepping for the release of her new record, Bleaksploitation, which comes out next week via Ba Da Bing Records, offering up this track as her second single. It’s got a trudging stomp to it, relying upon the soul of her voice to really pull the listener into the song. I like the production on the track; it kind of muddies her voice just a little bit, even though you can still hear its pristine quality. Expect to hear more from Katie, as she’s opening a slew of dates with Eleanor Friedberger, so the stars are lining up for this lady.
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