KATHERINE, Katherine Sackman’s Brooklyn based folk group (self described as “the love-child of sea mist, bob dylan and tinker bell”), has been navigating complex chord changes with easy pop sensibilities for years… avoiding sounding like café-core and steadily expanding their instrumentation.
In their first single, “Fall 2012”, a lone piano accompanied Sackman’s vocals. “Possibilities”, my favorite of KATHERINE’s various singles, (where KATHERINE sounds kind of like a folk-pop version of Calico Blue) saw the addition of vibraphone and synthesizer strings to KATHERINE’s instrumentation. In their most recent effort, “Morning”, KATHERINE expands their instrumentation dramatically, adding drums, bass, and electric guitar to the mix. Sackman’s vocals, as usual, are often doubled and reverbed, adding intricacy and harmony to KATHERINE’s pop melodies. KATHERINE is one of those SoundCloud gems that deserve more attention… give them some!