so this happened…
18 months ago, Kat McDonald, the former chanteuse of Little Buddha and Bedhed, finally gave in to the burgeoning suggestions, from her fellow Pilgrim and lover, that she record the songs she had been writing. engineered/co-produced by the Aged Choir Boy, she began to record the handful of songs she had been writing. crafting songs from chaos using only her voice , Julio – her 35 year old Spanish guitar and a tenner’s worth of virtual instrument apps on her cracked up old iPhone.
the past 3 years, for Kat, had largely been teeming with love and moments of joy but they were not without stabbings of grief as she watched my mother grow sick and die, as she watched her ‘adopted’ gran grow sick and die, as she saw her boyfriend struggle under the duress of a complete mental breakdown, as she held too many hand of friends as too many of her friends’ mothers died, as she struggled financially and now there is this… THIS!
what is this?
Kat finds herself locked down in a weird existential delirium: in the throes of the new and merciless pandemic virus that has its jaws firmly clamped around the world. a terrifying and yet curiously calming time to reprioritise. and time to create.
and so, in the wake of the vicious pummelling to her heart and brain, she sought solace in writing songs. for her, it’s a chaotic, visceral process. yet cathartic. “a primal scream at the top of my lungs”, she says.
after 5 months of deliberating, pacing like a caged leopard, as Kat made mad scribblings of possible album names on napkins or any other bit of paper available, she has finally decided to name it “year zero”. because that is what it is.
13 songs about this life. because this is her ‘year zero’
and it is our ‘year zero’ – from hereon in, life will never be the same.
under her creative name, Miaow McDonald, her debut album ‘year zero‘ will be out some time under lockdown…… available on all digital platforms, incl. bandcamp
“a very special thank you to the Aged Choir Boy/fellow Pilgrim (Robert Davidson) for his patience and believing in me, even when i felt like an imposter, i know i can difficult to work with… “you are my dragonfly” x” – Miaow McDonald
Miaow McDonald: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, Theremin, synths and responsible for some other sonic perversions and samples.
(c) Kat McDonald 2020 – locked down, performing/recording as Miaow McDonald.