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If Pearson’s extracurricular activities in recent months have shown that she can dip a toe into a multitude of genres providing guest vocals on Orlando Weeks’ recent album ‘Hop Up’; popping up with Yard Act for a collaboration at End of the Road festival; singing on trad-folk collective Broadside Hacks’ 2021 project ‘Songs Without Authors’ then forthcoming second album ‘Sound of the Morning’ takes that spirit and runs with it. It’s still Katy J Pearson (read: effortlessly charming, full of heart and helmed by that inimitable vocal), but it’s Katy J Pearson pushing herself musically and lyrically into new waters.
Written and recorded in late 2021 after a self prescribed period of down time spent walking, going on daily cold water swims and “just chillaxing massively”, even the credits on ‘Sound of the Morning’ profess a new thirst for experimentation from the singer. Joining ‘Return’ producer Ali Chant on desk duties this time was Speedy Wunderground head honcho Dan Carey, who worked with Pearson on some of the album’s grittier tracks. “Dan got a completely different structural, songwriting style out of me which is what I wanted: something a bit more confident and in your face,” she nods. “He could see that there was a part of me that wanted to branch out, I just didn’t know where and how far to push it, but it was exactly the kind of progression I was looking for.”
It’s an album that’s as comfortable revelling in the more laid back, Real Estate-esque melodies of lead single ‘Talk Over Town’ a track that attempts to make sense of her recent experiences, of “being Katy from Gloucester, but then being Katy J Pearson who’s this buzzy new artist” as it is basking in the American indie pop of ‘Float’, penned with longtime pal Ollie Wilde of Pet Shimmers, or experimenting with the buoyant brass of ‘Howl’, in which Orlando repays the favour with a vocal guest spot.
Sister Ray Says: KJP's debut album 'Return' was a glorious journey through folk-esque landscapes, bringing a ray of sunshine to every tune her voice graced. At Katy's sold out show at Village Underground she debuted a few of the new tunes from 'Sound of the Morning' and they're glorious. The album's set for release in summer which is a big vibe - the perfect season for the sweet sounds of Ms. Pearson.
Sound Of The Morning
Talk Over Town
Game Of Cards
Storm To Pass