Monday, June 18, 2007

Kate Miller-Heidke's Words

The Aus-pop marathon continues with the quirky Kate Miller-Heidke. Kate has built a devoted following and garnered some impressive hype over the past couple of years. Both of her independent EPs received considerable airplay and comparisons to Tori Amos and Kate Bush were thrown around like pills at a gay dance party. Personally, I think Kate sounds like a less commercial Gwen Stefani with a throat infection. I mean that as a compliment. Sort of.

With all the buzz surrounding Kate, it was only a matter of time before a major label signed her and Sony got in first. Kate's first single for Sony is the slightly demented "Words". I still can't decide if I love or hate the song but I have been playing it on high rotation since it was released a couple of weeks ago, so it guess I'm leaning towards the former. "Words" begins rather inauspiciously before turning into one of the strangest pop hits of the year. The frequent tempo changes combined with Kate's operatic voice and some bizarre backing vocals make for a unique listening experience. The song broke the trend of Aus-pop flops by actually reaching the top 50 of the Singles Chart and Kate has been promoting her new album on every TV show in Australia. I've included the Album Mix of "Words", which is slightly less immediate than the single mix.

Kate Miller-Heidke's debut album "Little Eve" is released today and can be purchased from Sanity, Chaos and iTunes. I have my eye on the two disc version. "Words" is also available from those stores. Check out the arresting video clip and visit Kate's Myspace for more information.


Claire said...

Now THIS is an ethical dilemma!

I LOATHE her so much! I REALLY REALLY hate her as a person!
But I like this song!

I can't figure it out!

I need to sleep on this!

Alyson (from the newly critically acclaimed CFBgoespop, ha ha)

Trash Addict said...

I feel exactly the same way! Everytime I see her on TV I want to vomit or impale her on a large stick but "Words" is stuck in my head. Let me know if you manage to solve this dilemma!

It's nice to hear from you Alyson xx

Wicked1 said...

I'm addicted to her!! Heard 'Words' a couple of weeks ago on a blog of another Aussie and fell in love with the song-and the high-camp video! Ended up watching everything I could find and listening to her previous songs. Have ordered 'Little Eve' from Australia and can't wait to play it to death like her other stuff.
She's so talented and has a fantastic voice - love Gaydar and Australian Idol!!