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Kate Maki

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On HighOn High

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Kate Maki has a voice as wide and expansive as that city’s moon-like terrain. Her music, previously showcased on 2003’s Confusion Unlimited and 2004’s The Sun Will Find Us, incorporates a variety of styles and influences, and can be classified as folk or Canadiana. When Kate is not on tour, she teaches Science and French to the next generation.

With a preference for recording in experimental, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fashion, Kate employed legendary Tucson, Arizona phenomenon Howe Gelb of Giant Sand as producer for On High’s five-day session in March 2007. Teaming up with long-time friends / collaborators Dale Murray and Nathan Lawr, the songs were recorded live-off-the-floor by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn studio in Ottawa, Ontario. The result is an intimate, diverse, and unique album full of happy accidents and charm.

On her third album in five years, Kate’s songwriting has grown to include more of the inner workings of her own heart. The songs from On High speak to a larger love: the workings of the world and her place in it. There is darkness (the spooky oompa “White Noise” and the Ram-era McCartney-esque stomp “Beyond the Sun”), there is light (the sweet “Badminton Racquet” duet and the ode to getting older “Message Forgot”), and there is the unexplainable (the optigan-propelled “To Please”). Kate also adds political commentary to her repertoire with the lament for the rot of indifference, “We Are Gone”.

Kate’s plans for 2008 include North American tour dates, showcases at SXSW in Austin and NXNE in Toronto, and recording sessions for her next album in Tucson.

On High will be available in February 2008.

The Songs

Side A:

  1. Highway
  2. Blue Morning
  3. Wanted Ads
  4. White Noise
  5. To Please

Side B:

  1. Message Forgot
  2. Badminton Racquet
  3. Beyond The Sun
  4. We Are Gone
  5. Don’t Look Down
  6. On A String

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