From her first band Immaculate Machines to the New Pornographers and solo works, Kathryn released 10 albums, toured around the world, and solidified a career in music before she was thirty. Her first solo album, Are You My Mother, was recorded in her family home while she was taking care of her mother as she lost her fight with ALS. Shortly before the release of her sophomore record, Bright and Vivid, her father suddenly passed away. This bittersweet whirlwind of success and tragedy is reflected in her first two albums.
Experimenting with synths gave her the spark to write again, this time from a producer’s chair in the new Vancouver Island studio built by her husband and co-producer Colin Stewart. Each song began with an atmosphere built from manipulating synths and loops rather than with lyrics or melody.
From these soundscapes arose her third, self-titled, solo album, released in 2015. It’s a collection that strives to be both vulnerable and timeless and includes guest vocals from Dan Mangan, Jill Barber and Hannah Georgas. It demonstrates Kathryn’s limitless creative potential as she transitions from a songwriter reacting to the world to one who captures and creates her own moments.