Kate Vargas - Mountain Song
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posted 27 Jul 2018 by Krister Axel
A stripped-down band and a simple rhythm section puts the focus where it belongs: on the dusty cowgirl persona.

It's hard not to make the Gin Wigmore comparison here, just because they both sound like they smoked a pack of Marlboro Lights last night, washing down the vodka; and, of course, they both have tattoos. With her new single Mountain Song, Kate Vargas gives us a lounge vibe, with some washy lap steel and what sounds like a big frame drum: the final effect is a lurching low-end that pairs well with the double bass.

The production style here is minimal, with great tones from the individual instruments and a distinct lack of vocal harmony. A stripped-down band and a simple rhythm section puts the focus where it belongs: on the dusty cowgirl persona, and the whistleblower lyrics:

“It’s my bones that’s shaking
It’s my blood that’s humming
It’s the end that’s coming
and I can’t get it out of my head
no, no, I can’t get it out of my head”— Kate Vargas

Kate Vargas is a musical artist based in New York City.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist