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kate simko-lights out 2lp (hello?repeat)

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This is the debut full-length album from Chicago-based Kate Simko. From delicate fluttering percussions on "Beneath" to "Machine's Mantra"'s effortless yet hypnotic drone, lines are blurred, genres are paired, and musical visions are created. From the magnetic Chicago vibe in "Mind On You," to the dark, sexy meanderings of minimal mastery in "Last Breath" and "Bikini Atoll," to the shuffling, Perlon-influenced "Mira Vos," Kate offers up an impressive lot of songs that crossover from headphone listening to ignite the dancefloor. Her intricate rhythms and time-stopping harmonies offer up the perfect balance of savvy intellect and sensory pleasure. From song to song, the journey continues and after a vivid nine theme showcase, the voyage closes with the contrasting and groove-ridden "Had It All." Summing up the creative emotion of "Lights Out," "Had It All"'s powerful rhythms and acid synth lines contrast with an aura of melancholy eeriness and vocals that are endearingly shy. The closing song's wide-eyed groove and powerful passion leave us at a juncture outside of genre boxes and full of inspiration. Inspired by her peers, Kate has performed with leading artists like Ellen Allien, Magda, Anja Schneider, Sonja Moonear, Camea, and Cassy, earning their respect. Kate is supporting this release with a live world tour -- a stunning and innovative cinematic event entitled "Lustre" alongside intermedia artist Jeffrey Weeter. Combining sound and image from worldwide cities and collaborators, "Lustre" will showcase moving and still images conjured by each individual album track in a highly-anticipated HD video display. No two performances will be the same while the film's integrity still remains intact. Lights Out and "Lustre" is an experiment in non-linear storytelling and real-time creation, bringing the excitement of live music to a cinematic experience. As the artist herself explains, "I looked at the album as an art project -- an installation of ten pieces that together form their own unique being."

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