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Download Kate Faust’s soulful cover of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Kate Faust | photo by Emily Paige Townsend | via facebook.com/iamkatefaust

Philly singer-songwriter Kate Faust has modernized the timeless classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” written by Ewan MacColl and later made famous by folk singer Roberta Flack. Originally written for MacColl’s wife Peggy Seegar, Faust wrote on her Soundcloud that her interpretation combines the narrative of the song with her favorite love story from the film, The Secretary.

“Both of these stories speak to me of erotic power,” Faust said. “The energy that gives birth to freedom, joy, and empowerment. The true elixir of love.” Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free mp3s, incl. Dave Hause, Strand of Oaks, Kate Faust

Dave Hause
Dave Hause | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

NYC Taper paid a visit to the XPoNential Music Festival to record the Saturday performances, capturing the sets of wonderful acts like Dave Hause and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Both of those recordings are now available to download for free.  Take a listen to “Here It Comes” by HFTRR below and download both complete sets here.

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Watch a Root Down In The Shadow #CoverClub session featuring Kate Faust covering Aaliyah and Nina Simone

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Last March, Philly singer/songwriter Kate Faust released her debut album Crucial Companion. Kate has been featured in Season One finale of #CoverClub performing a medley of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody” with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” In Faust’s rendition of the two classics, she sits at her organ belting out the two R&B songs, begins with “Are You That Somebody” and slowly transitions into “Feeling Good.” Both songs are sultry in their own right and Faust puts a jazzy/pop spin on the songs.

Kate performs at The Grape Room on July 17th along with Kwesi K. Watch her #CoverClub via Root Down in the Shadow session below:

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Kate Faust embraces intuition in new “Matter Of Trust” video

Photo by George Weiss III - www.georgeweissthethird.com
Photo by George Weiss III – www.georgeweissthethird.com

Electro-pop singer Kate Faust is no longer bound by the chains of inhibitions and freely expresses it in her new video for “Matter of Trust”. Lifted from her latest EP Crucial Companion, the video shows Faust happily going about her day with a new-found sense of self and independence. The electronic overtones drive the melody and color the song’s structure as she sings: “If you gotta believe in someone, know yourself”. Watch it below and see Faust play live tomorrow at Milkboy with special guests Elegant Animals who recently joined us for their Key Studio Session. Get tickets here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Modern Baseball, Kate Faust, World Cafe studio tracks

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

This week on Unlocked, The Key got the scoop on Modern Baseball‘s new LP You’re Gonna Miss It All.  Check out Mark Snitzer’s review here, watch the local pop / punk band perform deep cut “It’s Cold Out Here” and then hang out with the boys in an in-depth profile while listening to “Broken Cash Machine,” which you can download for free below.

World Cafe and host David Dye are making February a little more exciting by releasing twenty free downloads, availble only until the 28th.  This week, get ten tracks from Dr. Dog, Little Comets, Pet Shop Boys, Jason Isbell, Neko Case and more, recorded exclusively for the World Cafe.

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Download a reimagined R&B classic for Valentine’s Day from Kate Faust

Photo by George Weiss III - www.georgeweissthethird.com
Photo by George Weiss III – www.georgeweissthethird.com
Singer-songwriter Kate Faust recently went into the studio and recorded “Eyes 4 U,” a re-imagined version of the classic tune, “I Only Have Eyes for You,” by The Flamingos. The Chicago based Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were a doo-wop and R&B group and had big hit when the song was released in 1959, reaching number 11 on the Billboard Pop Music Charts and number three on the Billboard R&B charts.

“Eyes 4 U” is a collaboration between Faust and students and faculty from the University of the Artsrecord label, Four Pillars Music Group. It features Kate (who arranged the song) on vocals and synthesizers, Jonathan Colman on bass and guitar and Justin Leigh on drums. It was recorded and mixed by Jacob Folk at the UArts studio. The song features Faust’s ethereal vocals set to seductive beats and bass lines. Faust and her band maintain the timelessness of the song while giving it a modern electronica spin.

(Read more: Kate Faust previews new songs with live videos)

In an e-mail, Faust said about the song:

It was such a thrill to work on this song. As a lover of music and a songwriter, I was first entranced by the hypnotic slowness of the beat and then by delivery of the amazing lyrics. I had it in my mind that I would add an urgency and a heightened sense of desire by driving up the tempo and changing the chord structure slightly. I wanted it to groove in a more incensed kind of way. I was thinking of the vulnerability of that sentiment ‘my love must be some kind of blind love/ I can’t see anyone but you…’ There is a bliss in giving up control as fear falls away from us and we allow another person to fill up our world. I quite like that idea. I know Valentine’s day is a phoney holiday…but I’ll always welcome an excuse to love love!

Below, download “Eyes 4 U.”

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Kate Faust previews new songs “Same Side” and “In Bloom” with a pair of live videos

Kate Faust | photo by Emily Townsend |  www.driftwooddocs.com
Kate Faust | photo by Emily Townsend | www.driftwooddocs.com
Local musician Kate Faust has shared a pair of live videos featuring new songs she’s working on for 2014.  As she explains in the first video, “Same Side” is a love song inspired by something a friend of hers said after getting married.  The black and white video shows Faust performing the track while playing piano, a simple but striking set up that puts the focus on the message of the song.  ”In Bloom,” on the other hand, is a collaboration with Lee Clarke and hits at more dream pop points with its synths and drums.  Check out both new songs below to see what’s in store following last year’s Crucial Companion EP.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 (feat. Amanda X, Balance and Composure, Mean Lady and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 9
Album cover photo by Tiffany Yoon | tiffanyyoon.com

Today we bring you our latest Key Studio Sessions compilation, pulling together the best of what we’ve recorded in the final four months of 2013. I’m always psyched about these comps, but The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 9 in particular presents a tremendous variety of musicians from around the Philadelphia region that I’m excited to showcase for you. Bucks County has a healthy showing, from the acoustic alt-punk swagger of Balance and Composure and the retro-grunge of Daylight to the booming Americana of Levee Drivers and the flower child folk stylings of Lily Mae. We trip away into a spacious, 12-minute jam by Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel Band, rock out to Amanda X and get chillingly meditative with ambient musician and filmmaker Michael James Murray. A Christmas selection from Jersey’s The Classic Brown makes the cut, sultry new jammers from Delaware’s Mean Lady and Central Pa.’s Kate Faust, a fierce bass-backed rap by Curly Castro, an Afro-Cuban jazz rocker from Toy Soldiers, and more. Special thanks to guest engineers Steve Poponi and Mike Kennedy, to Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for his post-production help, and to production assistants Dan Hutton and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo, Megan Kelly, Laura Lynn, Caitlin McCann, Ally Newbold, Kellie O’Heron, Tony Oppenheim, Matthew Shaver, Mike Trutt and Tiffany Yoon, and videographers Bands in the Backyard and Bob Sweeney for sharing their work this fall. Listen to the 17-song set and get a free download below.

Want more? Get a roundup of our previous free-downloadable Key Studio Sessions compilations after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Their/They’re/There at First Unitarian Church, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live, John the Conqueror at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.

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Recap: Stylish vibes with Kate Faust and more at MilkBoy

Kate Faust | Photo by John Vettese
Kate Faust | Photo by John Vettese

Over at MilkBoy last night, an all-local bill brought out an eclectic but seamless assortment of vibes, capped off with a headlining set by Kate Faust. The versatile vocalist’s latest offering – the recent Crucial Companion EP – finds her exploring mood-setting electronic tapestries (check out her recent Key Studio Session), held together by a solid groove. Live, it comes across partly R&B, party ethereal art-pop with the help of her two backing musicians, Jonathan Colman on bass and Justin Lee on drums. Last night was Faust’s first Philadelphia appearance in a few months, and the co-star of her recently-released video – dancer Kingsley Ibeneche – joined her onstage for the song “Crucial Companion.”

Preceding Faust was another groove-based electronic outfit, Elegant Animals, whose snappy set was at some points smooth and subtle like Bon Iver, at other points all-out emotive a la Drake. They’re currently wrapping up their debut full-length at Philly’s HeadRoom Studio, but their debut EP Spectrum Nocturnal is available for free download at Bandcamp. Opening the show was singer-songwriter Vinchelle Woods, who was once upon a time Faust’s vocal partner in Toy Soldiers. “Usually I’m just singing,” she deadpanned after her opening “Side A / Side B.” “Recently I decided to add a guitar. It’s going okay.” Despite her grumblings about callouses, Woods’ set was great, a breezy mix of acoustic folk and jazzy chord changes in the vein of Joni Mitchell. Mixing alongside her originals were covers of Fleet Foxes and Feist, and while her recorded output is sparse right now, this set was a promising sign of things to come. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.