Release Date: Apr 24, 2020
Record label: N/A
Katie Harkin first cut her musical teeth in the mid-noughties with childhood friend Nestor Matthews when they formed Sky Larkin, going on to release a trio of critically acclaimed albums via Wichita Recordings. The Leeds-based band was something of a beacon as Harkin's intelligent punchy songwriting, sonorous delivery, and angular guitar work cut a swathe through a musical scene that was in the thrall of artistically bereft mutton fingered laden rock and lumpen "indie landfill. " Harkin has subsequently become something of a "musician's musician," and is hugely respected behind the scenes for her talent, drive, and creativity.
For the past few years, Katie Harkin has been busy greasing other people's wheels. When her old band Sky Larkin called time in 2014 after three albums of charming, lo-fi fuzz, she carved out a new career as a gun for hire, joining Sleater-Kinney, Courtney Barnett, and Kurt Vile on tour and playing ….
You can forgive Katie Harkin her tardiness in releasing this long-mooted solo debut. Her days fronting Sky Larkin, the melody-forward pop-rock trio, seem an age ago now; since their last album in 2013, Harkin has carved out a career as the most in-demand sidewoman in the business, touring the world several times over with the likes of Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. Somewhere in between, over the course of sixteen disparate days, she found time to piece together 'Harkin' across three time zones, with sessions in New Jersey, Sheffield and Los Angeles.
Harkin's self-titled solo offering has a professional, distinctive indie sound that immediately evokes echoes of Wolf Alice, Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a dash of Anna Calvi. As a member of Wild Beasts, Sleater-Kinney and Kurt Vile's touring bands, Harkin has established herself as a well-respected figure within the indie rock community. Roughly, one can split the album in half: the first half more upbeat floaty, slowly stripping back some of the upbeat riffs and introducing more minor keys - taking the listener to a more dream-like state.