Kat Edmonson’s new release ‘Way Down Low” beams with the understated personality that is the artist herself. Engulfed in a strong, sincere “now that I have your attention, this is who I am, this is what I am about” attitude, “Way Down Low” is subtly hypnotic, highly addictive and peaceful music.
In her debut project “Take to the Sky,” Ms. Edmonson arranged jazzy twists on contemporary tunes and offered fresh zest to jazz standards. “Way Down Low” showcases the mastery of simple, meaningful messages. Her songwriting and arranging is well evolved. Her lyrics are true to anyone in touch with life’s real experiences.
The Edmonson voice delivers as if the listener is already a longtime friend. She paints clear imagery with the comfort of a favorite blanket. The music is pure, message is honest, and it all comes from somewhere oh so “Way Down Low.”
Ms. Edmonson kidnaps the listener with her vital, vibrant music with a flair for the often difficult simplicity. She is gifted with a knack for being so easily relatable. Collaborating on writing, arranging and producing with bassist Danton Boller and the legendary producer Al Schmitt, “Way Down Low” is an easy keeper! Original yet somehow familiar at the same time. This music can be easily enjoyed by ALL
What a refreshing, honestly spirited artist putting her everything out there for the world to discover. Kat Edmonson is a well of talent, whose art needs only exposure to latch itself to a world in need of her boundless energy and passion.
More about the music
Songs of love had, love lost, love wished, not searching for love at all, a little drinking, having the hopeless blues, taking a long route, not knowing, lamenting the times in which one lives, and nature talking out of school. “Way down Low” covers quite an emotional spectrum.
Out of the gate, ‘Lucky” which is co-written with Kevin Lovejoy is about happiness. Happiness accompanied by vibraphones, keyboard and organ. Add in a whistling interlude. We are all lucky on this one.
The Sam Henry composition “I Don’t Know” speaks of love without knowing the reasons. Ms. Edmonson introduces this selection with the able assistance of Matt Munisteri’s guitar. Oh, catch the strings supporting and the fat and floating percussive pulse. Playfully in love.
When love is gone after being so strong we often question “What Else Can I Do?” This song is written after knowing the love is no longer but not ready to let it go. The samba pulsed cadence drives through the emotion while Frank LoCrasto’s piano tale seems to keep the emotional confusion on going.
What about the feeling when the world zigs when a zag is expected? No matter the actions are taken, the thoughts and ideas in the head all run against the grain? Ms. Edmonson laments this feeling with a redesigned expression of the Beach Boys 1966 song from the "Pet Sounds" album "I Guess I Just Wasn't Made for These Times." Certainly a common emotion for us all. Such tasteful playing on this ballad, worth paying attention to the instrumentation, percussion, horns, piano all supporting the mood.
Natural acts come honestly; honest acts are natural and often not planned. Love must be protected especially if it comes too easily at first as in “This Was the One.” But did he lose her by taking her for granted? Again the supportive musical ensemble gets us through this emotion.
Playfully, who hasn’t said “blame it on the champagne?” This proclamation about never drinking again gets the toe tapping with the classic instrumentation of a Nat King Cole trio. The swing of piano, bass and guitar is contagious. Rather intoxicating by itself.
Next Ms. Edmonson asks Danton Boller to rearrange the classic the Ink Spots’ selection “Whispering Grass.” The lyrics are offered in a whisper of their own. Beautiful and at a tempo almost motionless.
There are countless songs of being in love, possibly more of wanting to be. How many ways can someone say “I’m Not in Love.”? Well give a listen to how Ms Edmonson makes it comically clear. With the seriousness of a waltz no less. Guys… She’s not in love. Deal with it!
Confusingly, the tone changes. Has she found someone special? Why not take the long way home tonight? One way to get a little more time together. Then sprinkle in some Lyle Lovett (one of Ms Edmonson’s pals) and the point is made.
“Nobody Knows That” There is a certain sadness when hearing the feelings someone has for another. All the while they don't see your love you have for them. There is a certain risk to opening about true feelings for that person. Kat Edmonson's voice and Frank Lo Crasto’s Piano tell this story so well!
Hopelessly Blue written by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Miles Zuniga tells the classic story of good love gone bad from the eyes of the one hurt. Complete with all the Texas influence Kat Edmonson has incorporated in her diverse sound.
"Way Down Low" closes out with a slow motion reprise of “I Don’t Know”. Definitely an after hours, last call late night “hang” version.
Kat Edmonson again makes great music, an alternative certainly worth exploring deeply. Share this music with your friends, they will be so glad you did.
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