Kathryn Calder - Are You My Mother?
Kathryn Calder is probably best known as a member of indie troupe The New Pornographers, her sweet vocals being heard on their previous three studio albums. Her debut solo album is an altogether more melancholic and sparse piece of work, inspired by the two years she spent caring for her terminally ill mother. Such a tragedy may have caused the music to err on the side of gloomy but, for the most part, this is an uplifting celebration of how unpredictable life can be. Moving from the twinkling piano and starlit ambience of opening track ‘Slip Away’ to the guitar screech of the triumphant ‘Castor and Pollux’ and the delicately picked guitars and vocal harmonies of ‘So Easily’, this is a beautiful and emotionally laid bare collection of songs that only the most cold of heart wouldn’t be moved by.