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Americana Singer-Songwriter Kate Ellis Drops New Single & Video
‘Other Side Of The Street (Radio Edit)’ is the new single from Louisiana-born singer- songwriter Kate Ellis, who uses melancholy Americana/Folk to conduct fearless soul searching. It’s a song about the bittersweet nature of love – how it’s always there and won’t leave you even when you might want it to. As author Louis de Bernières put it: “love is what is left over when being in love has burned away”.
The Radio Edit is taken from Kate’s critically acclaimed sophomore album 'Spirals' (2022) which is set to be released on vinyl on 24th February 2023. The vinyl edition will also come with a previously unreleased special bonus track, recorded during the same studio sessions with producer John Reynolds (Sinead O'Connor, Indigo Girls, Damien Dempsey).
‘Other Side Of The Street’ was written by Tom Hackwood, a musician friend who used to be the drummer in a rock band with Kate’s long-time collaborator Andy Hobsbawm.
Kate says: "We loved the tune and although Tom wrote it as an introspective, indie ballad, we thought it would work really well as an upbeat country pop song. I've always enjoyed the way Abba combined jubilant and catchy melodies with lyrics about heartbreak and loss, and I like how our treatment of this song tries to do the same thing.
The single is released with a vibrant new music video shot on a handheld camera in a vérité" style to capture the colourful, everyday look of city life while also reflecting the mixed emotions in the song. Kate explains: “We wanted the video to physically show the distance between me and the camera as the song chronicles the distance between the singer and the man who left her.” She adds: “We also wanted to celebrate the diverse and beautiful streets of London in a natural way – its quiet, leafy roads, vivid graffiti covered walls, former industrial districts, tunnels and canals – from morning through to sunset.” Kate Ellis is an Americana singer-songwriter, who was born in Louisiana, grew up in New York and is now based in London. Kate's southern country-folk roots come from her father, an important early musical influence who as a young man once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Johnny Cash started out.
“I hope that whatever people get from the music, they’ll be moved,” Kate says. “I hope that they’ll find something that is beautiful and truthful. I don’t think that you can connect with any real emotion without truth.”