“Not a Proper Girl’ is a sophisticated, introspective and beautifully put together, and places Kate Owen on the map as an artist to watch.”
– NZ Musician

A singer with a poetic, restrained intensity, Kate Owen has been song-writing for twenty years and performing live for a decade.

Owen’s debut album, Not A Proper Girl was released 13 March 2020. Recorded with Ben Edwards (The Sitting Room, Lyttelton), the album showcases Owen’s songs with rich textures including synth and strings, and strong rhythmic pulses from live kits and drums machines. The result is an album with a sound that has been likened to PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi and Sharon Van Etten. 

Owen will launch a story-driven accompaniment to Not A Proper Girl, with the Behind The Songs series. This personally-crafted layer of candid storytelling is set to premiere through her new website www.kateowen.co.nz on 14 September 2020.

Not A Proper Girl explores themes of isolation, but also connection and analysis of modern expectations – built by the experiences of a woman in a modern world where life has not become a fairytale.

Mental health, suicide, femininity, addiction and the commercial modelling of romantic love are all addressed. Collectively, the candid pieces to camera that accompany each track offers power to the female experience and allows us to question through our own lens, ‘what IS a proper girl’?

Reviews for ‘Not A Proper Girl’

 

“Not a Proper Girl feels cohesive and coherent… She deserves to be heard and seen.”
– Graham Reid, Elsewhere
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“Not a Proper Girl’ is a sophisticated, introspective and beautifully put together, and places Kate Owen on the map as an artist to watch.”
– NZ Musician
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“Great production. Great band. I highly recommend the record.”
– Grant Smithies
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BIO

 

Kate Owen was born Kate Anastasiou into a Greek/Romanian community in Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Owen started playing music at the age of ten, studying music at high school and University.

In 2009 Owen moved to Lyttelton (the port of Christchurch, NZ). A hub of musical inspiration and creative energy. Despite the devastating earthquakes of 2011 that levelled Lyttelton and Christchurch Owen chose to remain in the flattened city and gigged full time amidst the broken buildings as pop ups and rebuild venues started to reappear. 

In 2019 she teamed up with renowned Lyttelton producer Ben Edwards (The Sitting Room) where finally Owen could lay down some of the hundreds of songs she had written over the years. Her poetic, lyrical writing is born out of her experiences, yet speaks to very universal human concerns.

Her sound ranges from stripped-back laments to 90’s pop anthems.

CONTACT

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