Karla Kane Announces October 6 Album Release
The upcoming solo release from Karla Kane, King’s Daughters Home For Incurables, leads listeners into an intriguing land of acorns and tea leaves; feminism and folk tales; pagan pop and pastoral protest songs; wistful wanderings and sharp observations on the current state of the world. The album is due out October 6 on Mystery Lawn Music (US)/Gare du Nord Records (UK). The first single, “The Lilac Line” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.
The debut solo release from the lead singer/songwriter/uke player of The Corner Laughers is an enchanting collection inspired largely by the tours of England she’s undertaken over the past few years, with a folkier sound than her previous work. Recorded at home, rather than in a studio with a producer, the album is Kane at her most independent and intimate, with sweet vocals and songwriting at the forefront. Themes include anxious thoughts on motherhood and the passing of time, the search for “home,” and a deep desire to summon optimism and hope in a dark world. Though it has DIY roots, the album expands its scope from the micro to the macro level. Woven into many of the songs are the field recordings of Richard Youell, which bring the sounds of the English countryside (buzzing beehives, dawn choruses, rainstorms) alive in harmony with Kane’s music, and the record features a number of transatlantic collaborations, including a track with British musician/poet Martin Newell (Cleaners from Venus).
“The Lilac Line” is a poppy, dreamy song in an acoustic arrangement complete with accordion, ukulele, and harmonies. Full of vivid imagery and a mix of melancholic and hopeful lyrics that complement the upbeat and refreshing melody, it turns a trip on public transportation -- the titular Lilac Line bus route in Nottingham, England -- into a wide-eyed meditation on life. Kane explains, “As usual, I wrote the song under my beloved oak tree in the back yard. The title refers literally to the bus line in Nottingham that we ride with our UK bandmates, Mark and Helen Luker (who both play on the track). The lyrics unfolded stream-of-consciousness-style, reflecting an attempt to appreciate the small, everyday things while we can, as the moments fly by so quickly.” The song received its radio debut -- fittingly for its Nottingham connections -- from BBC East Midlands, which called it “marvelously melodic.”
King’s Daughters Home for Incurables Track Listing
- King’s Daughter’s Home For Incurables
- Wishing Tree
- Skylarks Of Britain
- The Lilac Line
- Don’t Hush, Darling
- Mother Of The Future
- Under The Oak in May
- The Weight of Acorns
- All Aboard
- Grasshopper Clock
About Karla Kane
Karla Kane is best known as the lead singer/songwriter/ukulele player for California band the Corner Laughers. They have released four albums, plus two more with the side project Agony Aunts. Her first solo release, King’s Daughters Home For Incurables, is due out this October on Mystery Lawn Music/Gare du Nord. Kane has performed alongside members of Fountains of Wayne and The Soft Boys, Martin Newell, Hungrytown, and Allen Clapp (The Orange Peels). Her music has been featured in retail stores including Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, and American Eagle and played on the BBC, CBC and radio stations throughout the U.S.. Kane has received multiple awards including Twirl Radio’s Twirly Award for album of the year 2009/10 and runners-up in 2012 and 2015, and best album of the year (2015) in Discussions Magazine and Goldmine Magazine.