Music Mastermind Kate Davis Does It Again On "Open Heart"
When we last covered Kate Davis a few months ago, she had just released her stirring single “rbbts.” Since its release, the NYC-based artist has been delivering bits and pieces of her upcoming debut album, Trophy, out in early November. Each song is a hint of Kate’s unending talent — “Open Heart,” though, feels less like a hint and more like a gavel calling us to attention.
We know Kate Davis is a genius. From her early career beginnings as a bassist in the NYC jazz scene to her pursuit of indie solo stuff, she’s surprised and stunned again and again. When “Open Heart” dropped back in July, it stuck with us. We’ve listened to it countless times since its release so now we want you to love it too if you don’t already.
“Open Heart” is aptly named — there’s a heartbeat to it. Thick, thumping bass and percussion lead the track on a steady journey before things crack open a bit to welcome Kate’s many moments of vocal versatility. It’s not just the fixed pump and the subtle sparkle of “Open Heart” that gives it its stickiness — it’s the witty wordplay Kate delivers, beautifully offering the concept of failing at a game of serious Operation on an ex-boyfriend as a metaphor for the sharp, searing buzz of love lost. Of course, Kate isn’t trying to plunge us into the memory of tragedy, so despite the heavy subject matter, “Open Heart” frolics with the confident thrum and thump of soft indie-rock rhythms that track an unwavering trail from beginning to end.