For Fans Of: Bjork / Matt Calvert / Kayo Dot
Art As Catharsis are proud to announce ‘Progress’, the second single from Lack The Low’s stunning debut album, One Eye
Closed – a catchy and challenging avant-pop record composed, performed, recorded and produced by musical virtuoso Kat Hunter through a three-year DIY process.
With warm synths, angular drumming and ever-shifting timing, ‘Progress’ is a flood of twists and turns. This ode to the unexpected swings in with a vocal hook that could sit in your head for days, complemented by a catchy beat and blaring brass before easing out with a smooth key change and rising, choir-like vocals. It’s the perfect example of One Eye Closed’s strengths – striking a balance between experimental and digestible. It’s an album that often catches you off guard, but still stays warm in the ear.
With this first release, Hunter instantly proves herself as a talented composer/producer who isn’t afraid to push the envelope. Stylistically, her math-inspired experimental pop weaves between soaring Thom Yorke-esque vocals, complemented by dense instrumentation and triggered brass comparable to the likes of Joanna Newsom and late- era Bon Iver. The detailed, piano driven compositions featured on One Eye Closed boasts the maturity of artists sitting several records into their career – making this debut all the more impressive.
Pieced together over a period of three years, Hunter tracked, recorded and mixed One Eye Closed from the comfort of her own living room.
Beyond writing and performing on eight different musical instruments throughout the process, Hunter took the effort to learn mixing and electronic production in preparation for the album’s release. After an extensive period of research and planning, One Eye Closed comes into the world as a DIY masterpiece. You can practically hear the incredible craftsmanship – and effort – as each song ticks over.
The album’s lyrical and instrumental themes are intrinsically tied, both of which offer insight to Hunter’s educated way of creating, as she explains:
“Playing with time signatures is something that’s always come naturally to me,’ says Hunter. ‘The level of complexity in the melody, harmony, meter is always relative to what I’m trying to say in the piece. A lot of the songs are about an imagined future – sometimes dystopian. There are some themes of global warming, mental illness, sexual assault, cults, fatalism, but also some more hopeful moments in there too.”
Hunter hasn’t skimped on the details. Hiding under the fluttering harmonies, every listen bears something new to find – you could find yourself stunned by the towering highs and smooth lows of her vocal range; losing yourself in the orchestral piano compositions or even appreciative of the unusual drumming as you try to tap out the beats on your leg. Continuing on this trajectory, Lack The Low will almost certainly be on end-of-year avant-pop lists – and is well within reach of creating a critical masterpiece in the near future.