Andy Gill, whom we remember from the inkie era way back when, interviews Kate for the Independent:
“I have a theory that there are still parts of our mental worlds that are still based around the age of between five and eight, and we just kind of pretend to be grown-up,” she explains. “I think our essence is there in a much more powerful way when we’re children, and if you’re lucky enough to be treated reasonably well, and can hang onto who you are, you do have that at your core for the rest of your life. I guess that’s what I meant, really: it’s not that I actually think of myself as a little girl, but she is right in my core.”
Andy Gill also gives the album a five star review:
“the individual tracks seeming to coalesce gently, like snow gathering in drifts: most consist of simple, unhurried piano parts, underscored by ambient synth pads, strings, and occasionally a touch of jazzy reeds, or Oriental-sounding twang. The result is a lush, immersive work which is sonically more homogeneous than her earlier albums, reflecting the conceptual solidity of its wintry theme, in which fantastical, mythic narratives are allowed to take shape under the cover of its snowy blanket…”
Kate has such great philosophies about life. I really like what she said about keeping that childhood essence at your core. Good interview 🙂
“This little girl inside me, is retreating to her favourite place”
I am astonished at how consistent Kate is. Almost every one I’ve met or studied has changed as they’ve grown older – usually for the worse.
Kate grew up with all these worolds in her head and has spent all her adult life exploring them.
To paraphrase David Mitchell (the novelist), I sometimes just feel incredibly privileged to have lived my life in the same period as her unique career.