Back in June last year we premiered Melbourne artist Kathleen Mary Lee‘s debut EP Nice Kind of Pain. She has now graced us with her new single Broken. The track is a captivating, lovelorn piece, fuelled with breathtakingly beautiful honesty. Broken is the first single from her second EP, to be released this year.
Written whilst wandering around the Williamstown coastline last autumn, “I got that sad feeling where you long to share the beautiful things with someone.” Reminisces Kathleen, “I kind of like being broken. Although the more difficult feeling; longing for something can be a more beautiful feeling.” The Melbourne artist has perfected her skill, as she flawlessly laments in the beauty of solace. Broken is no exception. Her storytelling is reminiscent of the poetic greats like Cohen and Dylan, and her melodies nostalgic. The track is thoughtful, romantic and haunting. It’s emotive while remaining calm and subdued. The careful guitar intro is hypnotic, and pays homage to the 60s-reminicent folk she does so well. The modern twist to the track is the feature of the reversed guitar. “I love experimenting with the physics of sound, and really liked the ethereal, haunting sound it made.”
The experiment is a welcome theme throughout the coming EP. Lee, who is also a filmmaker, showcases her talents with the track’s compelling clip. The video is visually fascinating, as we see Lee perform each element of the track, recorded at different speeds, one real time, one in slow-motion, one backwards and one backwards at double speed.
Photo Credit: Aimee Han