|Photo by Polina Mourzina|
Hailing from Toronto, she spent time learning and honing her art in the Appalachians in West Virginia. While most modern folk is uplifting and celebratory, "Rising Down" is dark. It's dark to the point that it includes the lyric "Your cross is a symbol of my lynching." It's not exactly the music for hipsters to dance to while wearing a straw hat, and bring a political charge back to a genre that's been missing it for a while. Her voice is beautifully haunting, bouncing between powerful and vulnerable between words. The music is just sparse enough to make her vocals and lyrics the centerpiece of the song. This is a truly important record.
Kaia Kater's new album, Nine Pin, is due out May 13 on Kingswood Records. You can watch the video for "Rising Down" below. For more information on Kaia Kater, head over to her website.