Bouncing back to Philly after an LA sojourn, Kate Faust will perform at Silk City tonight. The electro R&B / pop musician released a new batch of songs called Capsizing earlier this year; watch “Your Body(Breaking)” from the EP below. Tickets for the 21+ show with Kingsley Ibeneche and Jacqueline Constance can be found here.
Philly electropop singer and producer Kate Faust has been hanging out a lot at Germantown’s heralded Rigby Mansion lately. Over the past several years, it’s become one of the best music and arts hang spots uptown, hosting gigs ranging from intimate and folky to odd and experimental.
It’s clearly made an impression on Faust, who today released a new music video set entirely on the grounds of Rigby. With psychedelic and surreal direction by Koofreh Umoren (of Random Tea Sessions and West Philly Orchestra fame), the video features dancer Kingsley Ibeneche, who’s appeared onstage and in previous videos with Faust. Here, the two interact indoors and out, sharing moments of stunning sensuality amid plumes of brightly colored smoke. Continue reading →
After wowing us once again at Key Fest a couple of weeks ago, Kate Faust takes her talent to Tellus 360 in Lancaster tonight. The versatile musician has been mining the depths of soulful electro-pop lately, a perfect example of which is her recent cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” in collaboration with Aphra” Check it out below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.
Well that was so much fun, we’re going to do it again.
Following a successful inaugural year, we’re excited to announce the return of Key Fest, a festival of regional artists curated by The Key, taking place at MilkBoy on April 22nd to April 24th. The three nights of local music will once again showcase a variety of genres that thrive in Philadelphia, from hip hop and pop punk to singer-songwriter and folk rock. Continue reading →
Kississippi, Kate Faust and Work Drugs brought a crowded Johnny Brenda’s a little closer to the holidays last Saturday night, for the latter’s Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacle. The three homegrown bands offered pop music ranging from buoyant Beach Boys-y vocals to electronic beats to somber bare-bones electro-folk. Continue reading →
Kate Faust has teamed up with fellow soulful, electro-inspired vocalist Aphra for a unique cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” from their 2007 release In Rainbows. Faust, who sat down with The Key earlier this month, picked a great collaborator in Aphra, as both artists share a captivating voice and clever use of electronic arrangements. The two make a natural pair, and at times their styles fuse so seamlessly it’s nearly impossible to tell their voices apart. Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
Kate Faust’s music can be difficult to try to describe, and trying only leaves you with a couple handfuls of hybridized words interrupted by dashes or slashes that mostly end in “-pop.” Things can get ugly for a music writer.
So when it comes to unique genre-bending voices like hers, it’s best to just tune into her Soundcloud for her latest releases, her innovative impressions of Weezer or Radiohead songs, and her sprawling original compositions offered as recorded or remixed in collaborations with leBeet.
Faust will release new music in the New Year, but between now and then she’ll make a new cover EP, Undercover, available for free, with visuals and live performances of each track. Catch this hometown heroine here soon (say for example at her holiday show at Johnny Brenda’s on December 12th, with Work Drugs and Kississippi), because her 2016 plans will see her making more of a national splash on both coasts.
From the release of her Eros EP this spring to her fierce set at our Red Bull Sound Select show, Philly’s Kate Faust has had a pretty excellent 2015. As she prepares to close out the year with a seasonal Johnny Brenda’s gig, Faust gives us a taste of new music in her Random Tea Session, released today. The song is called “No One Told Me,” its simmery and aching, and we see Faust working her trademark emotive vocals while playing a Nord Lead as her live collaborator leBeet busies himself behind a fort of samplers. Check out the video below, and get more information about Faust’s December 12th show with Work Drugs and Kississippi at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →