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Katie Spencer - Good Morning Sky EP (Self Release)
There's nothing really quite as rewarding in music as bearing witness to a burgeoning talent through an artists' teenage years, watching that talent grow and develop with an equal measure of drive and determination, whilst taking each opportunity as and when it comes along. Yorkshire-based Katie Spencer has done her apprenticeship as a floor singer, as the tentative opening act and as the performer who is given the spare twenty minute slot in the festival bar, who can now consider herself an artist who we should take notice of. GOOD MORNING SKY is Katie's debut EP which features five self-penned songs, each soulfully performed with convincing passion. Drawing on the influence of John Martyn, not only collaborating here with two former Martyn band mates, drummer Ted McKenna (SAHB, Rory Gallagher) and keyboard player Foss Paterson (Jethro Tull), but also playing Martyn's acoustic guitar on the opening song It's True, the EPs atmosphere recalls some of the essence of Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice, which is enough in itself, yet Katie makes further room for her musicians to breathe, such as on Magazines, where producer Brian Young offers some sweet guitar licks. The atmospheric Moths to the Light also features Tim O'Connor's empathetic lead guitar playing, which fits the arrangement perfectly and contributes to the EPs overall dreamy sound.