LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… When I arrived at the festival, I arrived in time to catch the first act I had on my list: Kate Faust. I decided to check out Kate Faust’s set because I enjoyed what I heard on Spotify. When I heard the first track listed on her Spotify page, “In Bloom”, I was immediately drawn to her powerful voice, which was both confidently firm yet breathy. Couched in a hypnotic synth melody, “In Bloom” definitely piqued my curiosity. Another song that I particularly liked was “It Can Be Spring”, a song that she released earlier this year. She really flexes her vocal chops on that song and its instrumentation is also beautifully arranged with just her playing the keyboard and accompanied by a small string ensemble.
As this was my first time catching her perform live, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had seen some video clips online of her performing with a small backing band (drums and guitar), but in this instant, she took the stage solo with just her keyboard. I actually preferred seeing her perform for the first time like this. It really let me appreciate how much real-life control she has over her voice and demonstrated how talented of a musician she was. It was not like she had a thumping bassline or a loud drum fill to hide behind. Plus, the “stripped down” nature of the music allowed for some real passion of hers to come through as she sang her lyrics …”
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