[Release date 11.11.16]
Having cut her musical teeth on a diet of Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, and Avril Lavigne there’s a clear line of sight on Finding Kate’s debut. Ostensibly the brainchild of Kate Pavil – a UK based artist of Greco-Australian descent, dig a little deeper and the you find the project is equally that of keyboardist Chris Charalambides who not only provides all the music (the lyrics are Pavil’s), but who produced and mixed the album.
With viola and violins added to the mix there’s just the faintest whiff of symph, but Pavil’s vocals seldom stray into those stratospheres, instead playing a pretty straight hand of typically anthemic tunes, laced with the requisite amount of dark, broody undertones.
They say ‘no one does it better’ than our American cousins but, with its meaty production and Pavil’s theatrical background, If I Fall is aimed well beyond her parochial UK and Cypriot fan bases.
With restrained angst, but suitably sultry vocals, Pavil hits all the right notes, but unfortunately it’s a rather singularly paced set where one song pretty much blends into the next without ever really digging its claws deeply into the subconscious.
For the most part, fairly standard fare for the genre, it’s not until the closing pairing of the piano led ‘It’s Over’, and sublime ‘Gone’ that Finding Kate shows real individuality. But the promise is there for all to hear – a hugely promising vocal debut let down only by run of the mill material. ***1/2
Review by Pete Whalley
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