Oxford, Mississippi's Kate Teague is gearing up for her first SXSW, touring there with New Zealand’s French For Rabbits and today is releasing her newest offering, the twangy indie-rock slow burner, “In Our Element”. An immensely beautiful song about, ironically, being out of your element, as Kate relays it she "wrote this song in response to completely misinterpreting someone's body language at a series of parties. I began falling in love with the idea that someone was falling in love with me, but I ultimately realized it was all in my head."
Teague has released three impeccable singles since appearing on the scene in 2018 - her last single, the yacht-meets-slacker rock, “Gilly”, is catchy and emotionally raw, trying to console a loved one anyway you can while her second single, "Good To You," is an upbeat summer jam, guided by Teague's precise, emotive guitar lines and a disco-infused rhythm section. The track is a rumination on our self-examination, specifically when it bites us in the ass. "Good To You" followed on the heels of her debut single, the laid-back slacker "Low Life" that was released earlier this year, which first showcased Teague's incredible, raw, soaring and emotion-packed vocals.
There’s something in a great voice that can wake you up to living, that can make distance—the distance between here and then, between memory and lack of faith—seem less terrible. Kate Teague’s got one of those voices. It’s a cathedral of enchantments. A pre-dawn glow.
Recorded at Delta-Sonic Sound in Memphis, what’s clearly captured here is a performer with an intransigent spirit. Teague, originally from Mobile, Alabama and currently living in Oxford, Mississippi, sings and plays rhythm guitar, and she’s backed by Kieran Danielson on guitar, Adam Porter on bass, Gabriel Hasty on keys, and Ian Kirkpatrick on drums.
Teague’s songs are honest and frank, and they avoid drama. They’re quiet in a restless way, absorbent, they dream of you while you dream of them. They move movingly. They host a widening brightness. There’s no easy this-sounds-like-that to hand over (though I’d say Teague stuns and shimmers most like Dolores O’Riordan and Hope Sandoval). These songs are starlight. They punch a ticket on the best carnival ride. They’re long shadows in the grass. They generate their own power.