Mood is central to the expansive musical landscape of Katie Kim. Darkened corners, icy atmospheres, and hypnotic knife-edge soundscapes. Piano chords stretch to infinity. Cinematic in scope and tectonic in delivery. A slowcore waltz at the bottom of the ocean, steeped in gloomy ambiance. Tension tugs at the heart with this euphoric exploration into the depths of darkness and light.
Katie Kim’s newest album ‘Hour Of The Ox’ was released on 9 September to critical acclaim. She brings her full band to County Donegal for what promises to be atmospheric and beautiful.
Cork-based Elaine Howley plays her first Donegal show since the release of her acclaimed ‘The Distance Between Heart and Mouth’ album on Touch Sensitive Records in 2022. RCC audiences will be familiar with Howley’s exquisite work through her many visits The Altered Hours and Crevice.
‘The Distance Between Heart and Mouth’ is a product of an audio diary kept on a 4 track cassette machine throughout 2019 and 2020, the album recreates the intimacy of a radio show filled with Howley’s favourite sounds, pallets, and textures; effortlessly joining the dots between pop and experimentation, summoning the kaleidoscopic world of Trish Keenan & Broadcast, the bruised lo-fi soul of Tirzah and the dubbed-out blues of Leslie Winer. Over nine patient, spontaneous self-recorded and produced tracks, Elaine Howley traces the outline of a small space that could be considered one of the longest journeys to be taken – ‘The Distance Between Heart And Mouth’.
As a member of Crevice, Howlbux and, perhaps most notably, psychedelic rock group The Altered Hours, Elaine Howley is renowned as a singular voice in the Irish underground. ‘The Distance Between Heart and Mouth’ is her most personal statement to date.
Dream Baby Dream is curated and commissioned by Foggy Notions and Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.