Kathleen, has dropped a new track entitled “August.” The song is off her album Kathleen II, Available October 9 via Let Me Know/Warner Records. “It’s been a long hard summer,” Kathleen says. “It’s my hope that ‘August’ can be three minutes of the rest, reflection and catharsis we all need in order to keep moving and keep growing into the new world and out of the rubble we’re currently under.” Tonight, Kathleen will perform an acoustic 3-4 song set for LiveXLive’s Music Lives On series. Kathleen II was mostly produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Beyoncé, Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Kelela), references some of Kathleen’s favorite poetry.
The album finds the singer digging deeper into her roots as a poet and environmentalist, using the backdrop of the pandemic to heighten the urgency of the music and contrast the EP’s lighter moments. Kathleen wrote “Dark Side of the Moon,” the EP’s second track, at the beginning of quarantine when uncertainty and chaos abounded, inspired by “everyone running and hiding from this microscopic pathogen,” yet there is a tenderness in Kathleen’s voice as she prepares for a once in a lifetime opportunity to reconnect with her family.
Kathleen, Born on an island in Washington and raised in the Rocky Mountains by a park ranger mother and a pediatrician father, alongside a sister with a degree in evolutionary biology, Kathleen finds her foremost inspiration in nature. From the age of seven, when she began writing songs and poetry, she found herself entranced by the world around her, whether by the sweeping landscapes of her home state of Colorado or the pattern of leaves as a vine climbs a wall or the insects living in a fallen log. She grew up ski racing, but was always more interested in the great silence of the snow beneath the chairlifts and the total freedom inside the forests of the back bowls. Her work investigates these natural extremes and how they apply to our everyday lives.
Pre-order Kathleen II, out October 9th here.