Incorporating influences as diverse as progressive rock and musical theatre, the result is Kaz’s bravest and most arresting work to date; an album that is far reaching yet coherent and a sound that is entirely unique yet absorbing and accessible.
Unlike the haunting intimacy of third album, Dandelions, Signs gives freer reign to the rest of Kaz’s band. Will Bartlett’s organ pulses through the mix, Martin Kolarides’s reverb-soaked guitar swims and wails through mesmerising atmospherics and the irresistibly groovy rhythm section of Riaan Vosloo on bass and Tim Giles on drums holds everything together with a light but confident touch.
It’s a mini-concept album of love, loss and hope and a big nod to London, her home city. “These are all songs based on experiences I’ve had whilst living in London. It can be hard-work, but I really love it here and wouldn’t be anywhere else at the moment.”
“She’s a unique sounding singer, she doesn’t sound like anyone else, her songs don’t sound like anyone else” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“What was that phrase? “We make our own way”. That’s the way which seems to suit Kaz Simmons, and is bringing her increasing recognition as a highly individual and persuasive songwriter” – Sebastian Scotney, The Telegraph
“The range of colours and moods that the London-based vocalist and guitarist serves up here is quite astonishing” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise
released 28 October 2013
Kaz Simmons - vocals and guitar
Martin Kolarides - electric guitar
Will Bartlett - organs
Riaan Vosloo - bass
Tim Giles - drums
Engineered by Benedic Lamdin, mixed and mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta Mastering.
Recorded between Feb and April 2013.
Copyright Fast Awake Records 2013