Kat Green: "Until You" -
Singer. Songwriter. Filmmaker. Producer. Kat Green’s breadth of talent and skill shines through every track on her impeccable debut album, “Until You.” A life lived in the capitol city of the entertainment world, interwoven with a career in music production, is evident in every polished note on every resonant track. Composed of standards, new arrangements of recent classics and original songs, “Until You” may be filed under Crossover Jazz or Adult Contemporary, but it transcends these labels with its warmth and welcome.
By turns Kat’s vocals evoke prime Sarah McLachlan, breathy café chanteuses of ages past and cinematic ballads underscoring the soaring emotions of lovers and champions. She produced the album with co-producer (and ex-husband) Billy Lincoln, tenderly committing the craft she’s honed working with other artists to the work she felt ready to put her own name on.
“Until You” comes from a moment of intense change in Kat’s life, born in the aftermath of a heartbreaking divorce and giving voice to the range of emotions beginning again inspired in her. She drew her strength, and her inspiration, from music during this time.
She says: “I hope my album will touch or move someone. I had to express myself through my art in such a difficult time and, where at times this feels like a very romantic record, it actually is a journey of breaking up with a soul mate, hitting rock bottom, rediscovering my sexuality, healing and being ready to search for love again.”
The album’s sound reflects not just Kat’s heart, but those of the others who helped shape it. Mixed by BAFTA-nominated engineer John Rodd (“Breaking Bad,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II”), and mastered by Grammy-winning music veteran Gavin Lurssen (Alison Kraus, Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, T-Bone Burnett), Kat’s vocals, and the music created by an all-star cast of musicians, including players from the esteemed Brian Setzer Orchestra, are showcased at their absolute best.
The energy and empathy inherent in Eva Cassidy’s “Autumn Leaves” and Sia’s anthemic declaration of independence, “Chandelier,” demanded to be captured and conveyed. The vulnerability of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Landslide” and Maroon 5's "My Heart is Open" comes into crisp focus in Kat’s hands. The uplift of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and bounce of Bryan Setzer’s “Stray Cat Strut” speak to anyone who’s launching into new adventures.
“Until You” also features three original songs from Kat’s directorial debut film, “The Big Swim.” “Breathe Me In” and “Bubble” will stay with you, and the gorgeous “Until You” gets an apropos showcase in a music video directed by Kat. She has directed two other videos so far and plans to shoot one for each song, continuing to tell emotional stories.
Her work creating music for television and film is evident in “Until You,” as the album has a visual quality that suggests the scenes each track might accompany in the lives (or dreams) of the listener. Travel with Kat through heartbreak to catharsis, and ultimately to a sensory breakthrough.