Album Review: Kathryn Calder - 'Are You My Mother?'
An ingénue growing into a sound of her own
6 / 10
Best known for having the unenviable task of filling Neko Case
’s vocal boots with The New Pornographers
(and for leading on Challenger
tracks like ‘Failsafe’
), Kathryn Calder
now sees the release of her debut solo album in the UK. Campfire jangling straight out of the Canadian collective’s songbook breathes through brighter numbers ‘If You Only Knew’
and ‘Follow Me Into The Hills’
. But on an album wrought as much from grief as hope (it was written as Calder cared for her dying mother), the delicate ‘All It Is’
and perfectly crafted ‘Slip Away’
speak volumes of an ingénue growing into a sound of her own.