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PRESS: Stereo Stickman reviews ‘River Running’

Extract below:

Time Is Best Served Slow

“Kathy Muir’s long awaited single and video release for River Running, from the EP 2+2=4, has finally arrived. The resulting visuals make for a beautifully artistic accompaniment to the song – delicately captured, natural shots effortlessly represent the underlying ideas and this evolution that we all experience from childhood to adult life” .

It’s incredibly easy to sit back and enjoy this kind of scenery at the best of times, even when the video quality isn’t that impressive. In this case, everything has been flawlessly presented and polished, and the song sounds stunning alongside of it all. For those who revel in the escapism of genuine, heartfelt music and artistry – this is well worth exploring.

 

Read the Stereo Stickman article

 

 

New EP ‘2+2=4’ plus music video ‘Try Coming Round’

Release of 2+2=4

July 2017 saw the release of 4-track EP aptly named 2+2=4.  This EP has been in the making for over the last year. The songs are stripped down to respect the tone of the lyrics, which I realize, have the same woven thread running through them: they’re organic, honest and lyrically poetic. For these particular songs, I saw a lot of imagery when I was writing them

Try Coming Round

To mark the launch of the EP, I also released the music video for one of the songs on the EP. Try Coming Round was filmed on location in the recording studio. Some of the footage shows me recording the vocals for the song, as well as my having a go at playing mallets. I have never sat at a drum kit before and, I have to say,  it was fun!

For more detail check out the blog here.

MUSIC REVIEW: “A contemplative, part hopeful part melancholy piece of music & writing”

Music Review of ‘Pocketful of Sand’ by online magazine Stereo Stickman.

Described as ‘a contemplative, part hopeful part melancholy piece’, read the music review of Pocketful of Sand.

“Pocketful Of Sand is the long awaited release from songwriter extraordinaire Kathy Muir. This delicate, piano-led folk song offers a minimalist approach to expression and presents just a few lines of thoughtful lyricism throughout the whole recording; for listeners to take on and attach meaning to in their own unique way. The accompanying video for the song adds a striking level of imagery that re-emphasises each of these lines beautifully. All in all, you get a contemplative, part hopeful part melancholy piece of music and writing.

Stereo Stickman music review of Pocketful of Sand

MUSIC REVIEW of Pocketful of Sand from online magazine Stereo Stickman.

South Korean Visual Artist

Jun “Sean” Sung Hyun is the artist behind the single sitting video, a creative whose sketches brought to life the images desperate to emerge from Kathy Muir’s mind as she wrote the song. The two art forms go together superbly, a perfect match in fact; the video is a peaceful and enjoyable visual outpouring that feeds further into the concept of this pocketful of sand, this pocketful of something that can’t long be held or kept whole in its initial physical state.

About the Song

The song itself is a gentle and notably organic piece of music. The simplicity of the instrumentation pays tribute to the value of reflective and honest songwriting – nothing fancy is needed, nothing flashy or over the top. The song alone and the artist’s emotional exploration of it, throughout the performance, does the ideas and the melody more than enough justice. The sound has a freshness and slight vulnerability about it, something likely to intrigue most listeners, and yet the familiarity of Kathy Muir’s voice and musical style steps forward almost instantly when the track and video begin to play. As mentioned, it’s a long-awaited release, and a welcome return.

Download the track via iTunes or listen on Spotify. To find out more about the song check out the video for The Making Of Pocketful Of Sand. Visit Youtube to watch the latest Vlog from Kathy Muir, and find & follow her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to stay updated.”

Sketch representing song lyrics "You carry your pocketful of sand". Artist: Jun SungHyun

Sketch representing song lyrics “You carry your pocketful of sand”. Artist: Jun SungHyun

Pocketful of Sand: sketchwork in motion Part 1

Pocketful of Sand is out this Friday, May 19th.

Each day leading up to the release, I’ll post frames taken from the music video. Each image sought to visually represent lyrics in the song. Here are two of the sketches.

See the light I can see
Be the one I can’t be
Hold it all in your dreams
And keep it safe

I still remember the day
You’d light the sky night or day
And I believed what you’d say
And keep it safe

So was this love or another guise for everybody?”

BBC Taboo social media creative replies on Twitter

The blogosphere

They say little things please little minds. And if that’s the case then I’m especially happy after waking up this morning and opening Twitter.

I blog on website Niume. Follow Magazine is a very cool Australian online magazine that is also a member on Niume. Founder Nathan March commented on my post that he thought the song was great and that my post really illuminated the process beautifully. I was very happy to read his comment but even happier to find that he shared my article on Twitter. When I discovered this I thanked Nathan and wondered if the BBC Taboo show would be interested.

As you can see in the photo below, I awoke at 6 a.m. EST to see this tweet from Richard Barley, a social media creative for the BBC and I guess one of the team members who can reply to the hashtag #bbctaboo.

It’s the little things that count :-).

#bbctaboo creative liked Same As Letting Go

#bbctaboo creative liked Same As Letting Go

 

Album Review ‘Second Life’ – all the way from Scotland

I recently discovered a super review of third album Second Life on Twitter from up and coming blog The Barley Boat. The Barley Boat is based in Scotland.

Below is an extract

“The video for Troubled Town is a track from Kathy Muir’s third album, which was released at the tail end of last month. It is a song about her current home town in the United States and the City she was brought up in, Edinburgh. This serves as a pleasantly soulful introduction to the artist for those who may not be familiar with her work. The piano only accompaniment complements her voice perfectly as she delivers an ultimately optimistic outlook on life”.

You can read the full article here which actually includes two videos relating to Scotland: Like Warriors and Troubled Town.

Barley Boat review

Barley Boat review

‘Rough Diamond Session: Same As Letting Go

I write a whole heap about new song ‘Same As Letting Go over on my blog page. If you’re interested in the creative process, would like to read the lyrics or want to actually see me playing the song then you can read the article here.

Yamaha Clavinova piano

My piano

What other news? Producer Steve and I met up late last week and signed off You Never Knew Me and Try Coming Round. These are two songs from the forthcoming 4-track EP entitled 2+2=4. I’ll be posting some info soon about this but will be telling you all about it in my newsletter. It’s never too late to sign and join our little community.

I let Steve hear the acoustic version of French song ‘Si Doucement’ and structurally, we’re all good on that one, so our plan for next week is to finish the pop version of the song and , time permitting, recording one take of the acoustic version. I’d love to squeeze in 30 minutes to record Same As Letting Go, so we’ll see.

What else? Oh yes, I have seen the artwork for the EP and it’s looking wonderful. I’ll be sharing it exclusively in my newsletter at the end of this week. Just sayin’

TTFN

 

Home Video ‘The Other Side’ + new EP ‘2+2=4’

So, what’s new?

‘The Other Side’ live at home

Check out a video of The Other Side filmed at home yesterday Jan 30th and which introduces the show at which I’m playing ( Cafe Nine, New Haven on January 31st.)

I’m also psyched to tell you that I’m aiming to release music video Never Felt Like a Woman in a few weeks time. This is the third and final music video taken from the third album Second Life. We shot Never Felt Like a Woman in the recording  studio. The footage captures the recording process; me singing and playing guitar, and Steve working his finger picking magic. Never Felt Like a Woman is one of the few songs on the third album that it is pretty much bare arrangement-wise. It’s one of those songs that could become loud but, in actual fact, the essence of the song is about feeling stripped down, so it seemed only fitting to reflect this with the song’s arrangement.

New EP ‘2+2=4’ near to completion

Speaking of which, the finishing touches for new EP “2+2=4” are happening right now. At least in terms of the songs themselves. These are four songs on the new EP:

  • The Other Side
  • River Running
  • Try Coming Round
  • You Never Knew Me

Go over to my blog to read more about the making of River Running. For the music video, we were doing a bunch of recordings – both audio and video for the EP. After filming Try Coming Round, I let Vincent (videographer) hear River Running. You see, we’d planned to release the EP with simple, honest music videos during the recording of each song. Once Vincent heard the song, he said “this isn’t a studio video, we need to shoot outdoors and I know just the place. I also have a pretty interesting idea for this video”.

Once the weather gets warmer, we’ll head towards Beacon in New York State. I can’t say much else about the video except that a Roland Micro Cube amp is going to feature. Big time!

I have a few stories to tell behind the making of these songs, so stay tuned!

Putting audio through a Roland Cube amp

Putting audio through a Roland Cube amp