Kate Maki
The Sun Will Find Us
(Independent)
Sudbury native Kate Maki graced Halifax with her presence in 2002, living here for a short time while kick-starting her solo career. A tiny, blonde ball of fire, Maki wears her heart on her sleeve and sweat on her brow during her ferocious live performances. Her first solo record, Confusion Unlimited, was a gorgeous slice of folksy, alt-country heartbreak that showcased a burgeoning talent. The Sun Will Find Us shows that Maki has matured from that first record and includes some new friends, such as former touring mate Ruth Minnikin, and roots rockers Dale Murray and Jim Bryson.Whereas Confusion’s indie stylings added to the intimate subject matter, Maki’s second disc goes for the kill with more ambition and improved production. The results sound great, as on the Carter Family campfire sing-alongs “One by One” and “Old Guitar.” Maki also shows why she belongs on Matt Mays and El Torpedo’s latest disc alongside lauded alt-country songstress Kathleen Edwards. Maki is in her musical element on “Forever Blue,” a mandatory tale of lost love, and the Mazzy Star-meets-country “Another Storm.” However, where the heavier arrangements give a backbone to Maki’s sound, it sometimes takes away from the quiet, yet emotional impact that her first record achieved so well. But that’s a small criticism for a record that captures another step in the right direction for one of the brightest voices in the Canadian roots movement.
–Johnston Farrow
categories: Canadian artist

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