Monday, February 19, 2024

Rachel Sumner - "Katie"

Photo by Hannah Cohen

While Rachel Sumner's debut solo album was based more in traditional string band folk, her latest single sees her expand on that sound. "Katie" evokes more of a chamber-folk and indie-pop sound. It's reminding me of a smaller version of Ben Folds Five's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. Sumner's new single floats around the listener, and has a true sense of love and joy that is only amplified by how intimate the song feels. "Katie" feels like a warm hug from a friend you haven't seen in years just when you really need it.

Rachel Sumner says of her new song:

“In each song there's some aspect of heartlessness and selfishness that threads everything together. 'Katie' is the thematic antidote of the album. It's a love song for roommates or friends - dear ones that fall into despair - with the needed reminder that despite the hard times, there may be 'fields full of flowers' just around the bend.”

You can listen to "Katie" below. Heartless Things is due out on May 10. For more on Rachel Sumner, check out the artist's website.

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