Kate e Lake releases a new EP, ‘Roam’.

Containing her debut singles ‘Neon Lights‘ and follow-up ‘Sparks’, the four tracks were recorded with Gus Stirrat at Solas Sounds in Glasgow. All .
Rutherglen singer Kate McPhail – who also plays piano and synths on the tracks – is a classically trained pianist, having studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, before working on her Masters degree in Paris.

After singing folk songs at parties and playing jazz standards and performing in friends’ bands, she decided to write her own material.

Of the EP, available on Spotify and Soundcloud, Lake says: “I wanted to make music that balances something ethereal with a sense of vitality or drive”.

While the lead single ‘Neon Lights’ was inspired by travelling through new cities, and written shortly after moving back to Glasgow after a period of living away, ‘Sparks’ was, she says, born of frustration.

“It took me some time to get round to recording this EP. A classical background helps in lots of ways; getting around the piano, writing harmonies and things like that. But putting my own material out there, while ultimately freeing, was also new kind of vulnerability for me to get my head around.”

More at www.kateelake.com / www.facebook.com/kateelake.music
See also: an interview with Jonathan Geddes in the Rutherglen Reformer.