Katy J Pearson

Sound Of The Morning

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Katy J Pearson would like you to know that she is not a country singer. Sure, there was an influenceof the genre to the now-26-year-old’s celebrated debut ‘Return’-an album that saw Pearson snowballfrom Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star, selling out shows up and downthe UK-but there’s also much, much more to her magnetic blend of soaring, widescreen melodiesand warm, intimate storytelling than just three chords and the truth.“

There was one music video [for ‘Tonight’]that I did in the beginning where I line-danced and waswearing rhinestones, and from there it just turned it into this real thing,” she laughs. “Every reviewwould be ‘country-tinged’ whereas actually, there was literally one country song on the record really.But I think that’s what’s good about the new record, that I think it’s not what people will expect fromme. When people ask me what the new album sounds like, it’s just... a bit different?!”

Happy to wax lyrical about the relative merits of Townes VanZandt, Elton John and Fugazi within thesame breath, there’s always been a lot going on in Pearson’s musical palette (FYI she’d call her debutmore of a folk-rock LP, if anything). But though the critics might have skewed the specifics of ‘Return’-released via Heavenly Records in November 2020-the acclaim for the album still came pouring in.Having had a previous taste of the industry via a major label project that quickly turned sour, thedifference this time around was tangible: praised for “the arresting quality of [her] Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery” by The Times, labelled as “finding humanity in every moment” by DIY andwith lead single ‘Take Back The Radio’ described as “a whoop of pure joy” in the Guardian, amidst thebleak toll oflockdown, something about this curiously optimistic album began to really resonate.

“It was terrifying getting to the point of releasing a debut after making music for eight years, likewoah!” she says with an exaggerated grimace (random noises and excitable gestures are par-for-the-course in a Pearson anecdote). “But weirdly it feels like it couldn’t have come out at any other time. Itfelt like everything people were saying to me [during lockdown] was everything that I’d been feelingwhen I wrote that album; it was a very personal album for me, and it was released at a time when a lotof people were in their house, feeling isolated. It was the antidote to a lot of peoples’ live

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Item code: HVNLP204D
Label: Heavenly
Info correct on: 27/4/2022