Branded as a country music darling following the release of acclaimed debut ‘Return’, follow-up ‘Sound of the Morning’ sees Katy J Pearson burst from these rhinestoned chains. Every note rings and chimes on ‘Sound of the Morning’ as she peels back the layers to offer up a project that is full of charm and catharsis. The title track opens the album, her remarkable voice floating over woozy guitar melodies. It feels like the warm dew of a summer morning; milky rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds. The folk lilt has a transformative effect as day breaks - introducing the listener to this new chapter. The jaunty brass specks of ‘Howl’ are bouncy and buoyant - with longtime friend and collaborator Ollie Wilde (Pet Shimmers) lending a hand on backing vocals. It’s a deft example of her ability to spring between genres with ease. As she flexes her musical muscles, the track ends with a flurry of harp strings - the final decadent flourish. Whether it be the slow, slinking rhythms of ‘Alligator’ or her Kate Bush-esque vocals in ‘Float’, Katy’s songwriting takes the listener on a luscious journey. Written and recorded at the end of 2021, she embraces creative collaboration throughout, allowing herself to be inspired by the artistic forces around her. The result is an album teeming with life - brimming with the joy of human connection.
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