Returning with her first record since Young People's hiatus in 2007, Katie Eastburn's debut album as KATIEE is functional body music, made for ecstatic movement, brain expansion, and full-throated singalong. An immersive work of collaged narratives and obscured genre lines, Out All Night's minimalist art-pop combines compelling rhythmic pulse with hypnotic melodic sprawl. Guided by the stark beauty of Eastburn's voice, KATIEE's off-kilter songs exude a haunting semblance of timeless soul/blues while defying traditional arrangements.
Seven years in the making, Out All Night's darkly-hued ruminations document Eastburn's development as a solo artist. Punctuated by the tragedy of multiple violent deaths in her immediate family prompting a career transition from art instructor to RN, KATIEE's debut was lovingly conceived throughout several phases of grief and healing. Initially recorded using synths, drum machines, and vocals in 2009, she formed a band for the KATIEE project to flesh out the songs in 2013 at the urging of her husband & collaborator Jim McHugh. Backed by core members of the psychedelic freak-jazz outfit Sunwatchers (featuring members of Dark Meat, Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band, NYMPH), the group re-recorded and reshaped Out All Night into a mesmerizing mesh of spacious productions, deep-seated grooves, unexpected instrumentation, and abstracted storytelling.
released July 1, 2016
Katie Eastburn: vox, synths, piano, percussion
Jim McHugh: bass guitar, electric guitar, synths
Jason Robira: drums, percussion
Ray Sweeten: dr groove programming
Jeff Tobias: saxophones, synths, percussion
Jeanann Dara: viola
Clara Kennedy: cello
Dana Lyn: violin
Emily Manzo: organ on OUT ALL NIGHT
Dan Levine: trumpet on OUT ALL NIGHT
Dmitry Ishenko: bass on BENT
String arrangements on BENT, BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, and 4 THE GOOD TIMES by Mikael Karlsson. String & horn arrangements on OUT ALL NIGHT by Jeff Tobias.
All songs written by Katie Eastburn, except MY FORGOTTEN MAN by Harry Warren & Al Dubin, 4 THE GOOD TIMES by Kris Kristoerson, and THE LOSING END by Neil Young. Recorded, mixed & co-produced in NYC by Je Cook, with additional engineering by David Tolomei. Co-produced by Katie Eastburn. Mastered by Sarah register at the Mastering Palace NYC . Photography by Julia Gillard. Design by Ryan Cady
I usually only call large men Daddy but I can make an exception for St. Vincent :) while having probably the wackiest concept she's cooked up so far, this album still sits comfortably amongst her best works, not a single weak track aliteralcrouton