56 – Kat Frankie

Kat Frankie, Credit: Timothy Wiehn

Viele Worte muss man über Kat Frankie nicht mehr verlieren. Die gebürtige Australierin zählt zu den wohl spannendsten Künstlerinnen, die derzeit aus Berlin heraus Musik machen.

Am Freitag meldete sie sich mit ihrer neuen EP "B O D I E S" zurück. Frei nach dem Motto voices come from bodies ist diese eine A-Capella-Platte über die Bedeutung von Körperlichkeit mit drei überarbeiteten alten Songs, sowie dem neuen „How To Be Your Own Person“.

Ganz besonders kann man sich auf die Live-Umsetzung dieser Platte freuen. In fünf beeindruckten Venues wird Kat Frankie diese in Begleitung von sieben brillanten Sängerinnen und ganz frei von Instrumenten präsentieren. Dieses genreübergreifende und dynamische Konzert bietet neue Arrangements älterer Songs sowie eigens für diesen Anlass komponiertes Material. Elemente aus Gospel, R&B, mittelalterlichen Balladen und modernem Pop lassen eine dramatische und freudvolle Performance entstehen. Sie erkundet die Unabhängigkeit im physischen Sinne sowie das Weltall, in dem Himmelskörper zwar autonom sind, und doch auf Umlaufbahnen liegen, die durch dieselben Kräfte entstanden sind. -Martin


04.01. Berlin - RBB Sendesaal
06.01. Hamburg - Elbphilharmonie
09.01. Erfurt - Alte Oper
10.01. Leipzig - Peterskirche
11.01. Dortmund - Konzerthaus

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Die traurigsten Lieblingssongs von Kat Frankie

Tom Waits - Martha

I’ve always loved this ballad. The protagonist in the song impulsively telephones a woman whom he was together with when he was young. 40 years have passed, and there’s been marriages to other people and kids since then. He reminisces that they were never meant to be, but he loves her still.

Anne Müller - Nummer 2

Müller is a cellist and producer based in Berlin, and I can’t believe I only discovered her recently. Her compositions are sensitive and thoughtfully layered. Nummer 2 builds on a simple cello loop and keeps adding emotional weight until it’s almost too much to bear.

Ute Lemper - Little Water Song

This is a stunning song written by Nick Cave and performed with exquisite precision by Ute Lemper. She sings from the perspective of a woman being drowned by a man (presumably her vengeful lover). She describes what it’s like to be under the water as she struggles to breathe. It’s heavy stuff.

Nina Simone - I Loves You Porgy

Taken from the 1935 Gershwin musical “Porgy and Bess”, this song was originally a duet but Simone made it all her own. In the musical, Bess and Porgy fall for each other despite Bess being in a relationship with a violent man named Crown. Bess never wants to go back to Crown, but she knows that one day he'll come for her and she’ll have no choice.

Bat for Lashes - Laura

A song about the loneliness of a party girl after the comedown. It’s not particularly deep, but it’s a cracking melody and Natasha Khan’s vocal is excellent.

Björk - Stonemilker

Björk describes a moment in a relationship when one is desperately searching for clarity from the other person, and not getting it. Like milking a stone. The verses are particularly gut wrenching.

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

Out of all the songs on this list, this is the one that will make me tear up every time. Every time. Argh.

Nat King Cole - Smile

I don’t know why a song that’s supposed to cheer people up makes me feel exactly the opposite. Maybe it’s Cole’s tender voice. It’s so bittersweet.

Rufus Wainwright - Poses

Released almost 20 years ago but it could have just as easily been written for the Instagram era, “Poses” is a song about a wasted youth in New York.

William Basinski - dlp 1.1

Casper introduced me to this track, so credit where it’s due. It comes from an album called The Disintegration Loops, and the story goes that Basinski had been trying to digitise some tape loops, but as the tape was running he noticed it slowly deteriorating. With each pass the orchestral horn loop would decay a little more. He decided to keep the tape running until the loop faded into nothingness. It’s hard to describe how it sounds exactly, but it’s somehow sad, meditative and lush at the same time.