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Kate Boy – The Way We Are

The first thing you’ll notice about this song is the drums. The driving drums, while not tribal, certainly inspire tribal movement. Uninhibited swaying, limbs akimbo, and pure delight, is what I experience when I listen to this song. The lyrics are a slap to the face, but not in a negative way. They demand your attention and the song is nothing but an ode to self.

This song essentially encapsulates the feelings that I experienced when I saw Kate Boy perform at Glasslands in Brooklyn earlier this week. I wish all bands demanded the attention of a crowd in a particularly small venue the way Kate Boy did, because there wasn’t a single person that wasn’t engaged in some way. I attended the show by myself, and quickly squeezed my way through the couples and adorable fan boys to something that was sort of the front. I was close enough to make eye contact with the lead female singer. The entire band wore the same outfits: black baseball caps, black loosely fitted outfits that showed no figure and no skin, with metallic strappy bits that came around their upper torsos.

The performance started and ended with a tremendous amount of energy and power. I’m talking about the kind of synth and drum playing that wasn’t created by hands, but by bodies. Full body involvement in this concert, and that reflected on the audience. I was alone and I danced my ass off. If that doesn’t say something, then the fact that almost everyone I could see was involved in some sort of bodily movement, surely relays my point. At this point in my life, I think enough people (including the you all, the readers of EMPT) know that dancing and what it unleashes in me, is one of the most important activities I can do for myself. It’s like a drug, the mind just goes on autopilot. It’s also a beautiful thing to watch the people responsible for making music get so into that their audience reflects their movements. I did it, I totally tried to copy the lead singers dance moves. Was I successful? That’s not the point.

Kate Boy showed me that they were not only supremely capable musicians on my headphones and in my iTunes library, but on a stage too. I was blown away by this intimate performance (not to mention, their first in the US), and I urge everyone to see these phenom performers as soon as possible. They’re on tour. So you can do that.

Here’s my favorite song of theirs, even though nothing beats the incredible build up from In Your Eyes. The beat in this one trumps all.

Enjoy!

Kate Boy – The Way We Are

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Kate Boy – In Your Eyes

There are two things I’d like to address with this song in mind. First, there’s nothing like a great build-up. There’s absolutely nothing like it. Argue with me, I dare ya. How is it that music is able to do this and make us so happy, but any other sort of build-up, be it angry, happy, sad, in life, tires us? Causes us to grow impatient? It’s frustrating, because we are naturally, not patient. And the patient ones among us are like, on some other spiritual level. You laugh, but you know it’s true — we set them apart. This is why a good build-up is so beautiful, but so satisfying on some intrinsic human level. We love the shift, the drop, the climax, whatever you wanna call it.

The lyrics in this song speak to the visions we create from day to day. That may not be the only thing it gets at, but it is one. It’s simple and meaningful because of this. Paired with a spacey tribal drum sound that carries sonic waves through the mind, and eventually to the eyes. Once it reaches that level, it’s a whole different game. The eyes and ears are connected in activity. Eyes work at a vision of what it is that this song brings to life in front of us. Maybe, you begin to understand that the world as you see it, is yours. It’s your world, one that people get to come in and out of at their own leisure. Your eyes lend the power of perception and, deception, in controlling what it is that you can and cannot see. The ears take us on a ride, unconcerned with the other senses.

This song makes me looks in and out all at once, so, I’m happy. Pitchfork said that Kate Boy was Knife-y. I kind of agree. This Swedish pop-duo has a mysterious air about them, but the approachable quality to this song creates a recipe for sheer success. It’s a good sign for things to come, don’t you think? I’m hoping they turn out more jams like this.

Kate Boy – In Your Eyes