Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Kate Miller-Heidke To Release US Debut Record + MP3

Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke is set to release her US debut record, Curiouser, on March 16. For those of us who like to check out live shows, she's also hitting the road. She'll show New York some love when she plays Joe's Pub on March 15. If you miss her then, you'll still have the opportunity to see her as she'll be back in town with Ben Folds. They will be playing Town Hall on April 12 & 13. Check out the MP3 "Politics In Space" below as well as the video for "Caught In The Crowd."

“We had no songs," she said. "What we had was a huge burst of inspiration. We went into this album with a vision. We mapped out how we wanted it to sound; the aesthetic, the spirit of it. Experimental, hooky, unashamedly pop . . . we wanted to exploit everything that's unique about my music.”

“We” includes Kate’s partner in life and music, husband/guitarist/collaborator Keir Nuttall.

Recording with Los Angeles producer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Peaches, eels, Dandy Warhols), who had the right mix of humor, enthusiasm and weird old electronic stuff to offer the new tunes, Miller-Heidke, Nuttall, bassist Ben McCarthy and drummer Steve Pope spent two months crafting Curiouser. With his strict 4pm to 4am shifts (with no days off), Petralia's studio wizardry turned out to be the perfect galvanising force for Miller-Heidke’s and and Nuttall’s carefully detailed home demos.

“To me,” she said, “it sounds like a modern album, a forward-looking album.” To everyone else, however, it sounds like one of the best Australian records in recent memory – a set embraced by an enthusiastic audience and one lauded with critical acclaim.

"Caught in the Crowd"

Tour Dates
  • March 15 - New York, NY - Joe's Pub
SXSW - Austin, TX
  • March 17 - Dakota Lounge - Manic Fest Destiny Party (afternoon)
  • March 18 - Antone’s - SIN Sony Music International party
  • March 18 - Hotel Café at The Parish - official SXSW showcase (evening)
  • March 19 - Troubadour Saloon - All Together Now Showcase
  • March 20 - Maggie Mae’s - Aussie BBQ/official SXSW showcase
Opening for Ben Folds
  • April 6 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
  • April 7 - Bridgeport, CT - The Klein
  • April 9 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
  • April 10 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Theatre
  • April 12 - New York, NY - Town Hall
  • April 13 - New York, NY - Town Hall
  • April 16 - Indio, CA - Coachella
  • April 18 - Dayton OH - University of Dayton
  • April 19 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
  • April 20 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
  • April 21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
MP3 Grab: "Politics In Space"