Nobody has it better than, KATY KIRBY Cool Dry Place
by Walter Price
The latest album, ‘Cool Dry Place’, by Nashvuílle’s acclaimed ‘indie rock practitioner with a writerly focus on unspoken rules, misunderstandings of all kinds, and boredom ‘ Katy Kirby has multiple personalities, and they all get along brilliantly.
There’s always that one kid in class who knows how to defuse a situation with a well-timed quip or witticism. And if you dig deep into that soul’s backstory, there’s a ton of depth, vulnerability, and experience that they’ve learned to navigate, often with an earnest smooth-out-the-edges wink-and-a-smile. And you get that same sort of sincerity throughout this LP’s masterclass in lyric and song crafting.
When things get weighty on any one of these 9-tracks, a sweet and/or lighthearted line comes swooping in to let the listener know that it’s all gonna be okay. That’s the balanced magic on this set. Not to mention the vast array of music styles. From post-punk to 90s alt-rock and bouts of dreamy 60s-era pop intertwined with plenty of tasty guitar licks, undeniable sincerity, indelible balladry, earnest shyness, and moments of lullaby softnesses. All and all, this album is a palpable, smart, and cohesive indie-pop and alt-rock must-hear.
To get you started, check out the music video for “Juniper”. Directed by Eleanor Petry, the film has been introduced by Kirby in a Facebook post, “Hello, we finally made a music video for Juniper! Because it is, after all, merely a music video, it’s a lot of footage of me singing and looking nicer than I usually do – but there’s also hints of “themes” (as it were) such as heredity and intergenerational knowledge and the way your mom teaches you to put on mascara for the first time.”
Again, depth and smiles. Kudos to team Kirby, Sewald, and Chung…you’ve made an album that will resonate for many lifetimes.
KATY KIRBY Cool Dry Place
+ Juniper, a film by Eleanor Petry
Images via Bandcamp
Music video, directed by Eleanor Petry
All songs written (and sung) by Katy Kirby.
Secret Language” incorporates elements of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
Engineered by Alberto Sewald
Produced by Alberto Sewald and Logan Chung.
Additional engineering by Joelton Mayfield, Austin Arnold, Logan Chung, and Ross Collier.
“Traffic!” engineered by Quinn Redmond and Alberto Sewald
Tracks 1, 7, and 9 mixed by Alberto Sewald at Le Tricycle in Berry Hill, TN.
Tracks 2-6 and 8 mixed by Bennett Littlejohn.
All tracks mastered by Carl Saff.
Recorded at Le Tricycle (Nashville), OOKO Studios (Nashville), Nashville Omnichord Supply Co., Camp Kirby (Spicewood, TX), Prospector Studios (Nashville)
Juniper’s Last Word:
Shake with ice & strain into a coupe
Serve up with a mint garnish