Admittedly, this is one of the tougher reviews I have had to write. As I listened to Two Song Wedding by Sudbury, ON native Kate Maki, I wondered what in the world I would write for this. I knew I liked her music, but I could not for the life of me figure out what it was I liked.
I came to the conclusion that the strength of this album is in its sheer simplicity. For the most part, the tracks consist of a few instruments and Maki’s exceptionally good voice. For example, the opening track, “Bloodshot & Blistered” features a bit of faint guitar, and the steady beat of one drum being hit.
Many of the songs are based on Maki’s own experiences, and sometimes the lyrics and mood set by the music can be quite effective. For example, “Rage in a Cage” has an element of anger to it, but the organ and Maki’s soft voice give off a really strange sensation. The anger becomes almost chilling.
Similarly, “Upon a Time” at first seems like a very calm song, but the lyrics start to dig into you. Near the beginning: “Once I heard a ghost/Speak words that mattered most/Most of us ignore what we all assume.” As she moves onto a line beginning with “Once I had a heart” you can hear the pain of the words.
“Dig You a Grave” is even more misleading. At first it seems like a sunny song, the kind of song that Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas might sing, but then Maki says: “Take you away/Dig you a grave/Put you back into the ground.”
The songs on this album are all less than four minutes long, and they will leave you wanting more. This fourth album from Kate Maki will be sure to provide several additional listens.
Top Tracks: “Rage in a Cage”; “Upon a Time”
3.5 Hoots (out of 4) +*swoop*