Katy Kirby’s new single Juniper reminds me whatever criteria that defines a track as “folk” will perpetually elude me. That’s not to say her newest single does not fall under the folk umbrella, it does, but instead I am reminded how artists like Kirby can expand that umbrella.
The track boasts an almost Pinegrovian-like instrumentation, unique folk inspired riffs and progressions that have a catchy and nearly funk-like sensibility. Vocally, Juniper is nothing short of wonderful in which Kirby exemplifies not only excellent command over her own abilities, but for the direction of the song.
Masterfully, Katy Kirby builds and releases tension as the song stops and starts on a dime, to which I found myself listening more intently with each resumption.
This is the third single released from Katy Kirby’s upcoming record Cool Dry Place, due out on February 19th via Keeled Scales. You can stream Juniper below and be sure to keep an eye out for her full album next month.