Song of the Day

Song of the Day > All Episodes

July 9, 2019

Kate Davis: “Cloud” [PREMIERE]

By: Jack Anderson

Beginning on violin at five years old and continuing on bass at thirteen, New York’s Kate Davis became a valued member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and the Grammy Jazz Ensemble well before the time she’d finished high school. And since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, this virtuoso multi-instrumentalist has had no problem getting gigs at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, earning acclaim from NPR, MTV, PBS, BBC and beyond, and sharing the stage with acts like Herbie Hancock and Alison Krauss.

But at twenty eight the dangerously talented Davis is in the midst of an indie rock re-awakening, a phase change that’s required her to loosen her ties to jazz while still making use of the discipline she’s earned performing the genre. With that, Davis’ first round of calculated, intimate solo songwriting takes inspiration all the way from TV On The Radio to Beach House to Elliot Smith and lyrically reflects on the difficulties of early adulthood, the loss of her father, and a bevy of poignant self-observations. The result is Davis’ prized twelve-song debut, Trophy, written entirely from the seclusion of her Harlem bedroom, and it’s out November 8th.

Kate Davis has graciously allowed KUTX to premiere Trophy‘s lead single, “Cloud” and we can’t help but feel like its very first lyric is fitting for this Sharon Van Etten “Seventeen” co-writer who’s about to elevate her status as a solo artist…

 


Episodes

April 12, 2024

Tagua Tagua: “4AM (Acústico)”

Feliz sexta! Today we’re talking about Tagua Tagua, the passion project of São Paulo songwriter-producer Felipe Puperi. Now, Brazil is an enormous country, full of fervent creators; it takes a ton of traction to get towards the top. But in the seven years since Puperi launched off, Tagua Tagua’s become one of the nation’s most […]

Listen

April 10, 2024

Faaris: “Taken Not Given”

As our ever-evolving hip-hop scene steadily expands, so does the representation of nations, cultures, and identities from its contributors. And for some truly refreshing cross-cultural flavors that have made their way into the ATX hip-hop melting pot, look no further than Faaris. Brought up in a Pakistani household right here in Austin, Faaris brings a […]

Listen

April 9, 2024

Adam Sultan: “The Great Divide”

They say, “write what you know”. And in music, if you know something well enough to perfect its performance, that usually means you’ve absorbed the material enough to build upon it and make it your own. So let’s talk about Austin’s Adam Sultan. Sultan started off a singer-guitarist in the ’90s with Poi Dog Pondering […]

Listen

April 5, 2024

Flicker Vertigo: “Midnight Fantasies Upon Prospect Hill”

As an unabashed Pink Floyd fan, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to firing up the Atmos mix of Animals on my home theater setup when the BluRay drops next month. Sure, the full record’s been etched in my memory forever now, but through the lens of the latest mix an full […]

Listen

April 4, 2024

Mountains in Stars: “Hazards of Loving Creatures”

You’ve heard it a million times before: a picture is worth a thousand words. But go ahead and try it out if you dare. Pick a picture and start verbalizing. Yeah…you’ll give up far before you get anywhere close to a four-digit word count. Music on the other hand? Each chord carries various connotations, which […]

Listen

April 3, 2024

Nané: “Always On My Mind” (Live in Studio 1A)

As with any active artistic community, the Austin music scene has suffered its share of too-soon tragedies. And the passing of Daniel Sahad – the flamboyant frontman of Austin sextet Nané who left us in April ’22 – still feels especially fresh in our memory. Thankfully Daniel’s legacy still lives on through his music, Nané’s […]

Listen

April 2, 2024

The Watters: “Set to Cruise”

Prayers for rain resonate all throughout the Lone Star State year-round…even in April with a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse on the horizon. So without wanting to entice a cosmically inconvenient drench, let’s dip our toes into The Watters. This Americana soul love affair is teeing up to hit the two-decade mark, but the bond between husband […]

Listen

April 1, 2024

Reyna Tropical: “Sauvecito” (KUTX Live at Scholz Garten)

Don’t you love those unexpected brushes with old chums during South By South West? Sure, for us native Austinites they feel less like chance encounters and more like the inevitable kismet of living in a metropolitan area as small and dense as ours. But there’s still nothing quite like finding an old friend return to […]

Listen