Awe­some mu­sic from the ar­chives – Katie Kim’s ‘Cover & Flood’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Donal Di­neen

The con­nec­tion be­tween mak­ing great mu­sic and mak­ing a living is a bumpy road to god-knows-where. If the pot­holes don’t get you, then the pit­falls prob­a­bly will.

Some of the great­est artists I know have stalled en route leav­ing hopes and dreams scat­tered on the hard shoul­der. It’s heart­break­ing stuff to watch.

The joy of mak­ing mu­sic is its own re­ward in many ways, but when it’s your life’s work, the stakes are higher. Ev­ery labour of love has a price.

But still, the most heroic cre­ative feats are con­jured by those who strive against the odds to per­fect their game. The kind of com­mit­ment you have to forge with your prac­tice when you know it’s never go­ing to stave off the fi­nan­cial chills is a deep one in­deed.

It’s from th­ese depths that the pure drop emerges.

It’s easy tell when there’s no blood, sweat or tears in the mu­sic. There’s an abun­dance of all three in the sounds of Katie Kim. I know of no other who puts so much in while ex­pect­ing so lit­tle in re­turn. She’s the con­sum­mate artist, mak­ing mu­sic for mu­sic’s sake.

Her po­si­tion in the com­mer­cial scheme of things might be close to nowhere but mu­si­cally she’s in a league of her own. Cover & Flood is filled with the kind of in­can­des­cent light that can make your world a brighter place. All 20 songs are be­guil­ing hymns of ghostly prove­nance. There’s a con­sis­tency of tem­per­a­ture and tone that only the very best records pos­sess. It’s an emo­tional land­scape with a unique at­mos­phere.

This is the 40th col­umn in the Sunken Trea­sure se­ries and the first in which I use the word master­piece. Cover & Flood is all that and more.

One fine day this glo­ri­ous al­bum will be dis­cov­ered anew and trum­pets will sound as jus­tice is fi­nally served.

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