Meet: Kate Bollinger - Look at it in the Light
Falling somewhere in the realms of alt-indie and folk-rock, say hello to the singer-songwriter warming hearts with her magical melodies and honey-like vocals.
Photo by CJ Harvey
With sweet indie-folk-pop melodies, and a honey-like voice, it’s no surprise rising star Kate Bollinger has received support from the likes of The New York Times, NPR, and Gorilla vs. Bear, and toured with the likes of the Real Estate and Faye Webster in North America so early in her career. Making her debut in 2018 with Dreams Before, a bare and vulnerable release featuring Kate and a guitar, she’s back with her third EP Look at it in the Light - a beautifully orchestrated laid-back 6-track release.
With a sound comparable to alt-indie royalty Angel Olsen, Look at it in the Light sweeps you up in it’s warm production and well structured compositions, all topped off with sensitive and celestial vocals that draw you back from the dream-like haze of guitar layers, reverb-drenched rhythms, and atmospheric bass melodies. Recorded between two studios in Virginia - White Star Sound and Spacebomb, the EP maintains a cohesive sound from the guitar pluck and bird chirps of I Found Out to the comforting sparkle of Connecting Dots. The release shuffles through the skip-along tunes of Who Am I But Someone, the melancholic and reflective title track building to the upbeat and truly stunning wobbly melodies of Yards / Garden, before sinking back into the lush soundscapes and magical guitar flourishes of Lady in the Darkest Hour.
To celebrate the release of Look at it in the Light, we asked Kate Bollinger a few questions to get to know her a bit better. Be sure to hit play on the new EP from the talented singer-songwriter, and read through her journey so far below.
Tell us about yourself?
I'm a singer/songwriter from Virginia and I just released a project called Look at it in the Light.
When and why did you start writing/recording/performing music?
I wrote my first song when I was eight years old. I was taking the train (for the first time) to New York (also for the first time) with my mom and I spent the entire trip singing to myself and working on my song in my notebook. In middle school I got my first guitar and started writing songs all the time. Throughout high school I played shows around town and began recording myself in Garage Band on the school iPad. It was just a natural way for me to express myself - it was my favorite thing to do.
Tell us about your creative process?
My process was always very subconscious. When I sat down to write, I would often feel that I was not the one guiding the process. I would sing a melody, which would then spin itself into lyrics. This is still my process sometimes, many of my favorite songs of mine were written this way. But I think more thought goes into my process now that I've been writing for so long and don't want to keep rewriting the same songs. Recently, I've been stealing Beatles chords and writing new songs with them.
Tell us about your new EP Look at it in the Light?
This EP was written and recorded in Virginia. Many of the songs were written collaboratively with my producer, John and my guitarist, Chris. These songs are about getting older and seeking out change when things start to feel stagnant. I consider this EP to be somewhat of a last hurrah before I leave Virginia and go try some new things, at least for a little while.
How can fans best support your music?
I feel very supported just being able to release music and play shows! Aside from that, being able to sell some merch on the road has helped my band and me be able to keep touring, which I'm so grateful for.
What's coming up for the rest of the year?
I'll be touring Look at it in the Light this June in the US. And I'll be working on more music!
Who have you been listening to lately?
Elyse Weinberg's album Greasepaint Smile! I've also been listening to the Lemon Twigs' album Do Hollywood a lot recently.
Kate Bollinger's new EP Look at it in the Light is out now.