by Philip Moss
You can either embrace change or resist it. But the longer you dig your heels in, the longer it can take to adapt to thing that is new. For Kate Teague, new single, The Temporary, came during the 350 mile move from her longtime adopted hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, to New Orleans – a humbling experience that has marked a journey in learning about the city’s love and appreciation of BIPOC music. Thus leading to her decision to donate all of this month’s Bandcamp sales to The Roots of Music – a non-profit organisation that provides after school activities and enrichment the the city’s youth.
Lyrically, the song does find Teague in a conflicted transition – flitting between the moments of doubt and the potential excitement of the new. But The Temporary neither sees Teague treading water, or repeating what came before on her self titled debut EP in terms of sound. Here, it is expanded – moving away from the feel of a collection of songs that featured some of her first pieces of writing after leaving college, and was pieced together with her band – to a richer, more electronic feel that she attributes to more change. This time the embracing of new influences such as Jenny Hval, and the experimental looping pop of French producer, Colleen.
With a new EP on the way through Muscle Beach Records, The Temporary certainly marks an exciting new direction for the Alabama native.
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