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Kate Klim
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Nashville, Tennessee-based performer Kate Klim has just released a new album. It’s titled Something Green. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.

Kate Klim

Kate Klim
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Kate Klim is an American singer-songwriter, and pianist. According to her official website, she had “roots in Illinois and Pennsylvania” and was given her first piano lesson at nine. She studied songwriting at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.  

Her rockin’ resume includes three previous platters. She also performs live at such venues as Club Passim and Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. She has opened for such other artists as Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell.

Klim also won the well-known Kerrville New Folk competition in 2010, was chosen as an Emerging Artist by the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a finalist in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and Telluride Troubadour Competition.

Her music has been included in several television shows “including the pinnacle of high-brow, intellectual social commentary: ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’.”  

She describes her 2014 album, 100 Million Years, as having “a little more maturity and a little more quirk.”

Signature Sound

Kate Klim’s signature sound is a blend of pop and folk. Early in life she reportedly “fell in love with” such songwriters as Carole King, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and Neil Young. She also enjoyed the sounds of Motown, the Bangles, Don Henley, Cyndi Lauper, and Tina Turner. 

Something Green

Something Green is a 10-track album of all original material written by Klim. On it, Klim leads the way on piano and lead vocals. She is backed by other artists including Scott Davis (guitar, bass, and synth), Josh Blue (drums and percussion), and Mia Rose Lynne (background vocals and harmony arrangements). 

In a recent e-missive, Klim discussed the new release. She said: “It’s an album about hope, love, change, and new growth.” She is eager to tour in support of the new disc, which she considers her “strongest release yet.”

Track by Track

The album opens on the driving title track “Something Green.” While the entire recording process was fraught with unexpected events–a tornado, COVID, and divorce proceedings–and influenced some of the material, she believes something healing and positive came out of the experience. In fact, some of the lyrics from the title track seem quite apropos: “Sometimes you burn it down, so the rest don’t go. Sometimes you burn it down… so something new can grow. I know it’s hurting now, but underneath the smoke, I see something green.”

Track two is “Songbird.” Here Klim slows things down a bit in a pretty piano-based piece. It has a nice musical flow to it.  The next number is the hopeful, soundtrack-ready “Almost Know Anyone.” While the song title may initially confuse, once the track plays, it becomes clear that the title is actually clever. 

While the overall subject of “Nobody Told You” may not be new, Klim adds enough detail to her song story as well as a musical element or two that gives the piece its own identity. Alyssa Cortez guests on trumpet. Producer Andrew Delaney adds background vocals.

“Take The Driving” follows here. With a running time of almost five and a half minutes, it’s the longest track on the entire album. Nevertheless, Klim knows where she’s going and what she’s doing here. It’s got a definite slow dance feel to it.

“God & Magic” further demonstrates Klim’s tuneful talents. Emerald Rae guests on strings solidify the track’s uniqueness and subtle beauty.  

“Lines” is undoubtedly the freshest cut here in that it was added to the line-up at the last minute. Klim explains: “This song is about finding yourself in a life that feels suddenly unfamiliar. The song was half-done when I learned a tornado was ripping its way through my neighborhood.”

She adds: “My kids and my home were fine, but many of the places we went to and passed every day were gone — my hometown was now unfamiliar, too. That night, I stayed up watching the news and finishing the song, which we recorded the very next day in the studio.” another track that’s radio-ready and soundtrack-perfect.

“But You Can’t” is a bittersweet little slice of life with an underlying universal message. Somehow, the song seems to end a little too soon. I guess you might want to hear it go on, but you can’t.      

Also included here is “Head To Toe.” It might be a bit overshadowed by a couple of the previous pieces, but it retains its own identity nonetheless as she continues to explore familiar themes.    

The Closing cut is “Highland Park.” It serves as one final example of Klim’s abilities as both a musician and singer-songwriter. She once more makes it clear a song does not have to be overly dramatic to be meaningful or aggressively produced to be of true quality.

Overall… 

Overall, this is a meaningful collection of cathartic compositions and personal pieces that Klim confessed have “helped heal [her] heart.” Klim explores themes of change, exploration, growth, help, love, and reality. It not only draws on and touches upon who she was prior to her hiatus from the recording studio, but makes it quite clear who she is right now, and even hints at where she may be headed.  

Klim concludes: “I am so proud of this album [and was] energized by the process of making it and eager to get it out in the world.” So check out Kate Klim’s Something Green and experience “God & Magic.