“… assured artistry…” – Clash Magazine
“…pretty amazing…” – Folk Radio Uk
Hills is a perfect example of Best Girl Athlete’s ability to create beautiful lo-fi indie pop which is infused with the song’s moody and atmospheric vocals, counterbalanced by the sweet tones of cello enveloping your ears. You can listen to the single via the ABoF SoundCloud page.
Carve Every Word is an emotionally charged and accomplished debut that finds Best Girl Athlete (aka Katie Buchan) imposing herself as a serious talent. Released in the United States under the Minty Fresh label, the album has already picked up support from the likes of Artrocker and Folk Radio UK.
Not content to simply sing her musician father Charley Buchan’s songs, Katie (aka Best Girl Athlete) has begun to establish herself as a mature singer-songwriter in her own right. Katie possesses a voice which sounds wise beyond its years as her earthy, ethereal tone flows beautifully from the speakers warmly enveloping the listener. Her vocals are accomplished to the point that they could easily sit alongside seasoned singer songwriters such as Aimee Mann,Laura Marling and Feist, as she constructs emotional vignettes with a laid back and elegant Americana edge. Where most artists use their debut album to fine tune their sound, Katie has produced something special on her first attempt – an art that can take many of her contemporaries years to hone.
The tender vocals and whimsical music is no more apparent on album tracks such as ‘Leave It All Behind’ and ‘All That’ where Best Girl Athlete produces some of her most exquisite tracks as the chorus is left floating around your head for days. While ‘Talk’ is so well written it could easily be mistaken for an Ellie Goulding single – Katie’s vocals radiate and her lyrics impress, as soothing strings and piano elevate the music to new levels.
You can catch Best Girl Athlete live at the following dates:
16th April – St Machar’s Cathedral – Aberdeen
17th April – The Scottish Lighthous Museum – Fraserburgh
18th April – The Pipe Factory – Glasgow