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Kat Goldman travels on with Gypsy Girl

Kat GoldmanYou may remember Toronto’s Kat Goldman from about a decade ago when her debut CD, The Great Disappearing Act, created a sensation at home and in the States.

She had New York City management, and was opening for the likes of Dar WilliamsThe Waifs, Regina Spektor, the Strawbs, and Jonatha Brooke. But then her career was derailed by an accident in 2004 when she was severely injured in a freak accident (a car crashed into the storefront of a bagel shop she was visiting).

She spent the next two years in recovery. But she is back — and in a glorious way — with her new record, Gypsy Girl.

It covers a period beginning in 2009 which finds the now forty-ish Kat majoring in English Literature at Harvard and Boston College. The record takes us from present day Massachusetts to reflections on 1980s Paris, to dreams of Tennessee and the halcyon days of New York City. What hasn’t changed — and in fact is better than ever — is Kat’s gorgeous, natural voice and her brilliant melodies.

She likes to be called a “songmaker”. I like that too, it rolls off the page and tongue better than singer-songwriter and it works. It’s a generous umbrella term that covers all the other skills involved in making a record like musicianship, vision, arrangements and production.

This precise use of language is also an example of the kind of care Kat lends to lyrics of her third CD. The pencil is well-sharpened, an especially difficult editing challenge when it comes to producing a record that is also an autobiographical journal, it lovingly leaves listeners with plenty of blanks to fill.

Maybe I’m not the marrying kind/ But more like a joke or a Stomping Tom/ Along the roads of time/ And I’m so far away from home/ (from the title track, “Gypsy Girl”)

The supporting crew is wonderful, led by the usual superb drums of Gary Craig, the record’s talented Toronto-based producer and versatile musician Maury Lafoy, and his clone in Massachusetts Adam M Rothberg.

Kat Goldman will launch Gypsy Girl at a concert at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on  Tuesday, April 10. Her friend Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies will open the show.

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3 comments

  1. avatar
    Eric Thom 26 March, 2012 at 22:46

    Love it, Andy. She’s SOOOOOO good – this Hugh’s Room show will be another homecoming, except that this time she’s riding high atop this blissful release. Can’t wait to see the songs come to life on stage. Kat deserves to hit the Big Leagues with this one.

  2. avatar
    Janine Stoll 29 March, 2012 at 18:02

    I love this album. It’s so beautifully written and achingly personal; a real intimate window into Kat’s life. Her talent is an amazing gift.

  3. avatar
    Andy Frank 29 March, 2012 at 18:06

    Janine, I must have thought of you 100 times when I spun this record for the week leading up to writing the review. You share a lot in common with Kat.

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