Kate Miller Heidke
is undoubtedly Australia's best cultural export since America discovered a khaki clad man who liked to wrestle crocodiles (RIP Steve). However, Kate's claim to fame is not an unbridled enthusiasm for scary reptiles, but rather a playful and insightful songwriting style that makes you aware that there are certain people in this world who will always be slightly cooler than yourself.
This singer/songwriter has been plugging her work in Australia for many years now with a series of independently produced EPs. She hit mainstream success when she was signed to Sony-BMG Australia and her debut album Little Eve
earned Kate a loyal fan base and string of ARIA awards (ARIA awards are Australia's version of a Grammy- less prestigious but more likely to be used as a makeshift weapon due to its dangerously pointy shape).
Her second album, Curiouser
, was an even greater success when released in Australia in October 2008. This was largely due to the fact that her song 'The Last Day on Earth' was used on a television ad for a terrible Australian soapie. No one can remember what that particular episode was about (I'm sure at least one significant character was killed off in circumstances that defy reasonable logic...backyard landslide anyone?) but Kate's hauntingly beautiful song about the indestructible power of love remained a staple on every Australian's playlist.
Kate describes her sound as "unashamedly pop" but remains quirky and experimental enough to differentiate herself from her pop companions. Her subject matter is diverse, ranging from the anti-dance hit "Can't Shake It" to the viral smash "Are You F*#king Kidding Me?" which explores the difficulty in receiving a Facebook friend request from an ex-boyfriend.
Kate has since signed to Epic Records in the US and has re-released her album Curiouser
for American listeners. "Caught in the Crowd" is the first single from the US record. With this song, Kate and her collaborator/husband Neil Nuttall recently became the first Australians to win the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition, beating more than 17,000 entries.
"Caught in the Crowd" is a moving track about childhood regret sung from the point of view of a girl who walked away when one of the school misfits is targeted.
As an Aussie myself, I highly recommend you sample the sounds of one of our more talented citizens.-kendall feaver
[Don't miss our Guest Apartment session with Kate, coming soon!
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