Kaia Kater Strange Medicine

Release date:
May 17, 2024
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On Strange Medicine, acclaimed roots musician Kaia Kater succeeds in the act of transformation, alchemizing grief into joy, sorrow into hope. Kater's captivating songs celebrate the power of oppressed people and act as an antidote to centuries of exploitation, fear, and greed. This collection of ten songs-featuring appearances by today's finest roots musicians such as Allison Russell, Aoife O'Donovan, and Taj Mahal-showcases Kater's biting topical songwriting and deft arranging chops. Strange Medicine's intricate orchestrations were inspired by diverse sources: composer Steve Reich's propulsive minimalism, the frenetic jazz drumming of Brian Blade, the unsettling orchestral scores of film composer Jonny Greenwood, and the spiraling rhythms of the West African kora. Furthermore, Kater's delicate yet robust banjo playing charts new territory well beyond what's expected of the instrument. With Strange Medicine, Kater taps into the full kaleidoscope of her artistry, creating an outlet for our collective grief and celebration and inviting the ancestors to a place of honor at the table.

  • 1. The Witch
  • 2. Maker Taker
  • 3. Mechanics of the Mind
  • 4. In Montreal
  • 5. The Internet
  • 6. Fédon
  • 7. Floodlights
  • 8. Often As the Autumn
  • 9. History in Motion
  • 10. Tigers

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