Friday, May 08, 2009

Kat Takes to the Sky

Much like the recent Hollywood, Mon Amour, Take to The Sky, the debut album from Austin singer Kat Edmonson, is an album full of interpretations. While the former drew upon 80's movie soundtracks as its inspiration, the former pulls from a wider range of material, as you can see from the track listing:

1. Summertime (George Gershwin)
2. Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
3. Night And Day (Cole Porter)
4. Charade (Henry Mancini)
5. Lovefool (The Cardigans)
6. Angel Eyes (Earl Brent & Matt Dennis)
7. Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter)
8. One Fine Day (Carole King)
9. (Just Like) Starting Over (John Lennon)

You have some standards from the American song books, with picks like Summertime, Night And Day, Angel Eyes, but then you also have some more modern, and surprising, picks from recent decades with covers of The Cure's Just Like Heaven (which you can listen to below) and The Cardigans' Lovefool. Therefor, perhaps a better comparison would be with Nouvelle Vague, who tackled everything under the sun.

Kat sings these songs accompanied by a small backing quartetish sounding group with a jazzy approach that's got Latin elements mixed here and there when you don't expect them. Thankfully, the campiness factor here is quite low, sometimes dropping off the radar completely. Check out her slowed down, Martin Dennyfied version of Just Like Heaven, where Kat's voice adds a wistful flair.

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