Nestled in the cozy world of indie folk and soft rock comes a tender debut EP from Nottingham singer-songwriter Katie Keddie, titled “Alaska Sadness.” This debut EP is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with heavy beats and overly produced tracks. It is an easy listening, relaxing journey into the first songs ever written by this talented newcomer. The EP is comprised of five emotional, mellow tracks that showcase Keddie’s undeniable ability to craft raw and honest narratives through her songwriting.
What truly sets “Alaska Sadness” apart from other EPs is its heartwarming origin story. Recorded with a close-knit group of friends in an old mill in Wales just after lockdown in 2021, there is a palpable sense of intimacy and camaraderie throughout the entire EP. This closeness is further accentuated by Keddie’s enchanting female vocals, which possess a remarkable ability to evoke strong feelings in the listener.
Listeners of indie folk icons such as Sufjan Stevens and José González will undoubtedly find themselves at home with Katie Keddie’s delicate guitar work and introspective lyricism. However, her sound is uniquely her own, drawing from the ethereal realm of dreams and memories, and at times reminiscent of the quiet moments in life where we find ourselves feeling most alive. The EP’s overall vibe is like a warm embrace from a dear friend or a soothing cup of tea on a rainy day – comforting and nostalgic.
Among the standout tracks is the EP’s namesake, “Alaska Sadness,” a haunting and emotive piece that tugs at the heartstrings. It’s tough not to sense an unexplained connection to the artist and her environment with the calm strumming of a guitar and Keddie’s emotional voice. Other noteworthy songs include the uplifting “Sympathy” and the dreamy “Comfort and Despair,” which paint picturesque scenes in the listener’s mind, transporting them to the serene landscapes of Keddie’s imagination.
Though the songs on “Alaska Sadness” are mellow and emotional, the EP never feels overly somber or heavy. Rather, the music weaves hope and vulnerability, creating a healing and soul-enriching experience.
Katie Keddie’s debut EP “Alaska Sadness” showcases remarkable talent, promising a bright future for the singer-songwriter. It is a must-listen for indie folk and soft rock fans alike, thanks to its lovely female vocals, heartfelt writing, and calming orchestration. And for those simply seeking solace in the midst of life’s chaos, “Alaska Sadness” offers a comforting escape into the world of introspection and raw emotion.