NYC Singer-Songwriter Kate Davis Releases Crushing, Soaring Single "rbbts"

NYC Singer-Songwriter Kate Davis Releases Crushing, Soaring Single "rbbts"

Kate Davis is a force, but not the in-your-face kind. She exists like a breeze, trailing slowly and ghostly before delivering a healthy dose of gut-punch goodness to unsuspecting listeners. She’s been a prolific performer in the jazz scene, co-wrote Sharon Van Etten’s recent smash “Seventeen,” and collaborated as bassist and vocalist for Postmodern Jukebox. Now, she makes her indie-rock debut with “rbbts.”

Hear what Kate told us about the new single below:

Penning a narrative of nostalgia, Kate crafts a stirring ballad-turned-anthem. “rbbts” starts off moody with down-tempo strums coated in emotion, unrelenting in their regularity while Kate’s voice — a haunting lilt — leaves poetic lyrics in its wake. For nearly two minutes, there’s a luxe languor to “rbbts,” built on drowsy kick-drum beats and tender strums, but later, the song erupts into a crush of soaring indie-rock rhythms as the percussion gets angrier, the guitar gets twangier, the vocals get more combative.

As quickly as the chorus comes in, it’s gone again, leaving a looming trill sent humming as Kate takes her time offering an eerie bridge, “meet me in the morning indigo skylight twilight,” before the song concludes with a dynamic crescendo packed with the unapologetic fire Kate had been sneaking us micro-doses of from its very beginning. “rbbts” opens as a simmer but it ends in flames — it’s the kind of song that entrances from its first note only to continue to shock the senses in that quiet, humble way that masterminds like Kate Davis can achieve.

Watch the new music video for “rbbts” below and connect with Kate Davis on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Featured photo of Kate Davis by Holden Brown

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