KATE CAN WAIT - "Howl Youth"


Kate Can Wait - "Howl Youth"

(Grimalkin Records) 

Perfectly capturing the lo-fi feel of heartfelt singer-songwriter self-recordings of the early 2000s, Puerto Rico's Kate Can Wait utilizes jangly acoustic guitars, layered harmonies, and charming bilingual lyrics to craft a solid release.

This recording reminded me so much of the Tascam rich days of the 00s when indie musicians flooded a burgeoning social media scene with home recorded music. The acoustic stylings of Kate Can Wait are a refreshing listen, full of soulful harmonized vocals and natural guitar sounds submerged in living tracks filled with warm room reflections and distant night noises. Howl Youth invokes the feeling of an all night campfire with friends, contemplating life's mysteries and making wild plans for the future. Musician and singer Molly Kate Rodriguez fills each recording with multi-tracked guitars and vocal work that creates a strong sense of togetherness. Using multiple takes to build up the sound, Rodriguez is able to cancel solitude and loneliness by sounding like a group of close-knit individuals.

Highlights include Licantropia, a song sung in spanish with a beautiful, twisting melody and tangible guitar work. Below The Sea, brings us beautiful harmony, strummed rhythms, and Stormbreakerz is full of urgent texture and a memorable chorus. Overall, Howl Youth is a flavorful presentation of lo-fi, acoustic recordings that showcase Kate Can Wait's ability to write and sing heartfelt, engaging music.

Howl Youth is available on digital & cassette. A six track 7" lathe cut is also available. Proceeds from all digital only sales and cassette sales of the full length version of howl youth go to the True Self Foundation, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a non-profit supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with various services and programs:  www.trueselffoundation.org

Gray Lee