Having grown up in a small hippy town in Colorado, Katie Burden presents music that can only be described as an amalgam of finely tuned qualities. She mixes all the best parts of her dark pop sensibility to create an incredible new EP called Edge Of Sleep, and if you do one thing today, I’m urging you to give it a spin.
As track one, When They Touch Your Body, begins, the LA songstress gently introduces us to her world, with melodies and lyrics that are reminiscent of St. Vincent at her dark and quirky best. There is an instant connection between the listener and performer in the way that this music is delivered, which is a rare quality and one that should be cherished.
Little Annie treats the earholes to a deep groove, pulsating throughout. With a dark, exotic vibe, this is a song that wouldn’t feel out of place on an episode of Twin Peaks: The Return. Intriguing vocals welcome contemplation in the listener, and I found myself looking for hidden meanings between the cracks.
From United Front Man to the title track itself, sinister tones place the listener in a world of Katie’s making. Lyrically, the track Edge Of Sleep resonates with the more profound ethos of Burden’s music, as she speaks of that odd point in-between the waking world and the sweet embrace of sleep; that area in which the “strangest dreams” take place when the mind grows thin and flimsy like rice paper.
The EP comes to a close with a kind of spoken word poetry in Sop Bop, as the curtains draw on what was an incredible sonic adventure into the fascinating musical landscape that exists inside the mind of the talented songwriter.
I can’t wait to hear more, and I’m officially adding this one to my playlist.