Spellbinding indie folk artist Loren Kate has returned with a brand new single One Of These Days, a raw and rousing track straddling intimate thematics and warm sonic simplicity. Recorded a year ago, this captivating new song releases alongside an accompanying music video, poetically reflecting the stark and moving subject matter woven by Loren’s own personal journey. Working alongside filmmaker Brad Halstead and producer Shane Nicholson, One Of These Days also marks an emotive taste of things to come ahead of the release of Loren’s upcoming new album Nobody Knows, due out on May 20.
One Of These Days continues Loren’s knack for weaving personal stories and challenging life experiences into glowing concoctions, specifically detailing the heartache of watching her brother struggle with drug addiction while also instilling a sense of hope against all the odds. Softly flowing with elegant and dominantly acoustic instrumentation, driving percussion and Loren’s silky rasp, Loren answers some questions about the single for Hi Fi Way.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of One Of These Days?
Exciting and nerve wracking all in one. It’s such a deeply personal song and the subject matter is quite heavy, so I guess it was a little nail biting to send it off into the world not knowing how it would be received.
Was the process of making your single and EP as challenging as you thought?
One Of These Days is the first single off my upcoming album that I recorded with Shane Nicholson at the Sound Hole in NSW over a year ago now. It was all pretty smooth sailing. We just laid down vocals and guitar together and then added all the layers of sparkly bits afterwards.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Country- folk, Australiana
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
That’s a hard one, I’m inspired by so many artists and people I don’t think I can name just one. Maybe I’ll say my Dad. He was my first exposure to folk music. When he was around, he always had a guitar nearby and my love of 60’s/70’s folk comes from him.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
To write for yourself, not for what you think people want to hear.
What is the Loren Kate life story?
I was born in Sydney and lived there til I was 2. I then moved with my mum, dad and two siblings to the Central Coast. When I was 4 my mum and dad split. Despite not seeing my dad much I had a pretty great childhood. Roller skating, riding horses, building cubbies, playing in the creek…
I moved high school a few times and I never felt settled. Home life was hard, and it was affecting my ability to concentrate at school.
It was a relief when I finally finished school and went to Byron Bay for schoolies. I called my mum after being there for a week and told her I wasn’t coming home. I learned how to play guitar (more than the 4 chords I knew already) and started busking on the streets to earn enough money to pay for my food and shelter. I penned my first song here, about a Canadian backpacker called Joshua. The song was terrible, and it was the start of many terrible songs… but they were just the start, the compost building, the fire starting and slowly I started writing songs that I was proud of. I began traveling the country busking and playing open mic nights. This slowly turned into playing small shows of my own and then I was awarded the emerging artist award at Nannup Music Festival in 2008 and recorded my first album. It looks pretty similar from here. The shows grew, the audience grew and I knew I was on the right path. I’m now residing in Aldinga Beach in South Australia with my partner and 2 amazing kids, releasing my new album on May 20 and feeling pretty stoked about it all!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Not just yet… I’m keeping it National while my kids are young. I don’t want to miss out on too much of their childhoods and I can’t afford to fly them all over the world!
What’s next for Loren Kate?
I’m going to release the new album on May 20, then a follow up tour in Spring…. Then we’ll see where the road takes me.
Who’s your favourite Adelaide artist/group at the moment?
Interview By Rob Lyon