Fooled by the Fun
Need evidence of the serious songwriting prowess of Katie Moore? Then consider this; in 2011 she won SOCAN's coveted Echo Songwriting Prize, beating out the likes of Arcade Fire, Austra and Handsome Furs! That was for her superb third album Montecillo, and now her keenly-awaited fourth release, Fooled by the Fun, is finally out. Moore has an eclectic roots-based sound, one utilizing elements of folk, country, bluegrass, soul and '70s SoCal rock, while reference points for her pure yet passion-filled voice would include Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Recorded in spontaneous fashion with producer Warren Spicer (Plants and Animals), the album features contributions from Jesse Zubot, Angela Desvaux, Socalled (Moore plays in his band), and members of Silver Mount Zion and Islands and it uses violin and strings judiciously, as on gentle highlight tracks, "Leaving" and "Wildwinds". Expect this one to be an awards contender too.
Moore launched the album at Montreal's Rialto earlier this week and plays Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on Sept. 10.