While her name might instantly conjure up the striking landscape of Scotland’s largest city, Katie Glasgow’s roots are altogether more bucolic than that. Raised in a small town in upstate New York, an offer to study Opera Performance at NYU transported her to the Big Apple. While in New York, Katie became enamoured with songwriting and performing, taking her music out to the world at every opportunity she could. While initially trying to distance herself from her Classic roots and pursuing more alternative sounds, it was upon realising the two could meld into something magical that Katie really found her sound. After a series of well-received singles, Katie is today sharing her latest offering in the shape of her new track, Saint.
Katie’s desire to marry musical words is evident on Saint, the influence of the current alternative scene, from Mitski to Big Thief, is writ large on the track, yet there’s also a sense of the control and clarity more commonplace in classical vocal performance. The track starts with just Katie and a muted guitar before a steady pounding drum beat adds some delightful propulsion. Without resorting to any histrionics, Katie’s vocal is the clear star of the show, an instrument capable of both emotional heft and extremely technical flourishes, as shown by the way the melody dances into the chorus on the titular lyric, “I play the saint and I pay for it”.
A sparkling introduction to the music of Katie Glasgow, Saint walks the line between musical worlds without ever falling into the clichés of any particular sound or genre. Check out the accompanying video below, which was directed by Georgia Krause, and in Katie’s words, “captures my self sacrificial tendencies through a lobster burglarizing, ocean diving story arc”.
Saint is out tomorrow. For more information on Katie Glasgow visit https://katieglasgowmusic.norby.live/.