New Music Video October release ‘You Never Knew Me’.
This kind of lo-fi effect was inspired by the works of Joshua James. Once in the studio we switched things up and I had the joy of playing a 1964 Fender Jaguar! You Never Knew Me talks about how people think they know you but don’t always look beyond the obvious.
Take my coffee in the morning were the first words I wrote for the beginning of Morning Song. This is a simple folk tune. I have a small west-facing balcony that looks westward and a clearing of trees the size of sticks. During the Summer months, I’d go out there very early so as to feel fresh air and before the sun became impenetrably hot. And that is how Morning Song was written. As the melody became more established over those Summer months, so too did the lyrics.
RADIO: Amazing Radio to feature ‘If I Can Breathe’
Jim Gellatly is one of Scotland’s leading radio presenters and DJ’s. With regular podcasts on Mixcloud and monthly playlists on Spotify, Jim scours the live scene, listens to, and supports the wave of emerging artists coming out of Scotland, and beyond. Many artists have featured on Amazing Radio thanks to Jim.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
BBC Taboo social media creative replies on Twitter
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.