“…It was actually downright explosive as the band shook off the dust of 7 months of isolation and set everyone home feely warm and fuzzy.”– Concert Review 13TH Floor. Album Release Tour, October 2020 (Frieda Margolis, Auckland)
From left to right: Moses Robbins, Kate Owen, Thomas Isbister and Kurt Preston
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.
‘Not A Proper Girl’ was a significant milestone for Owen and was also a catalyst for putting together both an eight and a four piece band, made up of some of Christchurch’s finest musicians to perform the album live.
Owen toured ‘Not A Proper Girl’ with four piece Moses Robbins (guitar), Thomas Isbister (Drums) and Kurt Preston (base) to the main centres in 2020 and aims to take her music back out on the road in September 2021.
ALBUM REVIEWS ‘NOT A PROPER GIRL’
“Not Proper Girl feels cohesive and coherent…She deserves to be heard and seen.”
– Graham Reid, Elsewhere
“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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