Where The Ocean Starts

by Katie Whyte

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Katie Whyte blends old-world songwriting techniques with modern-day anxieties, all couched in interesting arrangements, which manage to compliment the vocal melodies without swamping them. 

The term 'songstress' is often used pejoratively to describe any female singer-songwriter who writes songs high on musical whimsy and low on insight. Joni Mitchell, for example, is not a 'songstress' and likewise, Katie Whyte shouldn't have this lazy term affixed to her name - at least as long as it suggests one who strums wistfully while saying very little. 

Whyte writes songs of lost love, of no longer feeling sure-footed, of feeling ill at ease. Hitting the studio recently with ARIA-award winning producer Robert F Cranny (Sarah Blasko) to record her debut EP, the results of these sessions cover a lot of ground musically while hanging in the same sonic universe.

The track Summer Raincheck may already be familiar to readers of whip-smart pop-culture magazine Yen, as it features on the CD affixed to this month’s issue. A breezy, melancholic pop tune with shades of Bic Runga in the measured delivery and arrangement, it should sit very well on radio this summer - as will the other four tracks!

(press release 2012)


released November 24, 2014

Produced by Robert F. Cranny. Engineered by Jim Moginie at Oceanic Studio. Mixed and mastered by David Trumpmanis.

Vocals and piano by Katie Whyte
Guitar, bass and keyboards by Robert F. Cranny
Drums and percussion by Jeff de Araujo
Trumpet and saxophone on track 2 by Jack Shanley.



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Track Name: Faded Signs
Written by Katie Whyte and Robert F. Cranny