Album review: Kate Leopold | Rebirth Dreaming

Since 2011, delightful Gold Coast singer-songwriter Kate Leopold has regularly displayed her exemplary pedigree as an indie folk performer of truth and conviction as part of her Leopold’s Treat band project. Having taken out ‘Emerging Artist Of The Year’ at the 2016 Gold Coast Music Awards,  the band are currently in hiatus, which has afforded Kate the opportunity to move onto a new stage of her musical journey and release a bunch of tunes under her own name, which she’s been working on over the past four years. Her eight track EP, ‘Rebirth Dreaming’ represents the first fruits of her artistic rebirth and through her words and music Kate channels an uplifting musical presence with an empowering message of reverence to spirit, culture, the sacred feminine and nature.

The EP, produced by Aria Award winner Jordan Power (whose credits include Kasey Chambers, Angus and Julia Stone and Xavier Rudd), rides an aural template of breezy acoustic guitar augmented with hand percussion (courtesy of Charles Wall, aka Bobby Alu) and lashings of harmonica, slide guitar, banjo and bass.

Opening number, ‘Rebirth Dreaming’, sets the scene, with acoustic strums sprinkled with tasteful drumming and a dash of harmonica courtesy of Neil Macleod, as Kate orates her musical and universal truth.

‘We Rise’ is an up-tempo, folk inflected toe-tapper tailor made for breezy summer afternoons, while two of the EP’s finest tracks come in the form of its first two singles; ‘Highest Truth’ featuring sweet female co-harmonising courtesy of Julia Hays and ‘All The Colours’ delivering a lilting sway coloured in with slide guitar washes and tambourine flourishes, delivering one of the EP’s most evocative and memorable moments.

‘Hee-Oh’ tweaks the vibe to a more moody, contemplative realm, with just Kate and her guitar offering a sweet counterpoint of shade to the EP’s overall uplifting lightness. ‘Medicine Woman’ follows suit with washes of ghostly ambience giving the track an ethereal vibe.

On penultimate number, ‘Julie’, things get a touch country noir-ish, while EP closer, ‘Embrace Divine’, takes things full circle, stripping things back to an indie-folk lightness of touch, with the stellar banjo work of Kieran Richardt coming to the fore on both tracks.

With ‘Rebirth Dreaming’, Kate Leopold has delivered an uplifting and moving suite of songs that resonate with the best of her Leopold’s Treat back catalogue.

Rebirth Dreaming will be officially released on 20 December. Keep your eye on @katelopoldmusic on FB for live announcements.

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