KATIE KIM is the pseudonym of Irish singer Katie Sullivan, who performs slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Her third full length album entitled 'Salt' was released on October 14th 2016 digitally in Europe as well as on limited edition CD and Vinyl and was released digitally to the rest of the world on November 11th 2016. The album was shortlisted for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of The Year.
'Salt' was recorded in a self-built recording and artist space in Dublin called Guerrilla Studios which has become an integral part of the Independent Irish music scene. Guerrilla has hosted live performance video collective the Practice Tapes as well as being the studio where releases by The Jimmy Cake, Hilary Woods and much more have been recorded.
'Salt' is a departure from Katie's previous albums and delves further into the drone side of her other releases with textured production added by producer John "Spud" Murphy, who is central to the album's sonic feel. 'Salt' comes four years after Katie's previous album, the critically acclaimed 'Cover and Flood' and it shows an evolution musically.
Since 'Cover and Flood' Katie has toured the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium playing mostly sold out venues. She has also played Union Chapel in London and played shows in New York and Canada.
Reviews for 'Salt':
"Salt illuminates and ignites her song writing pedigree to a brilliant new level; these nine vignettes align craft and technique with outright innovation. Most excitingly, the textures are almost tangible in their ferocity – piano chords are stretched and strung out to infinity, silence is employed as devastating punctuation and Kim’s own vocals are soothing and empathetic while also sounding a million light years away."
* 4/5 The Skinny
"The return of Katie Kim is a triumph. While the brilliance of her previous work cannot be overstated, just how exact Salt is with its sound is a wonder to behold. The album knows exactly how to play itself, it’s a dreamlike and every note, texture and beat plays into that notion of reality vs the subconscious. This is Katie Kim at her best."
* 10/10 The Last Mixtape
“While Sullivan's brittle minimal style is still felt on songs such as Body Break, Wide Hand and Day Is Coming, the over-arching mood is darker, aided by producer John “Spud” Murphy. From sky-scraping spectral percussion of opening song Ghosts, the distorted dirge of I Make Sparks to the eerie creak of Life Or Living, Salt is preserved by the tenebrous side of things”
* The Irish Times 'Album of The Week', Nialler9
"Salt is intriguing, sharp and bold, and where you could be forgiven thinking Katie Kim already had a solid mastery of inventive song writing, this is a fairly staggering leap forward" * thumped.com
"produced and mixed to the highest of standards, beautifully arranged and as an addition to Kim’s canon, Salt is anything but arbitrary. There’s exceptional musical aptitude to be found in and amongst its forty-odd minutes of play"
* State Magazine