05/22/2012 (press release: kbmgroup) // Annette Morecraft
Kate Borkowski will premiere the stunning songwriting effort that is ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ at DROM in New York City on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist was born to a Notre Dame psychology professor father and an ESL teacher mother, who helped cultivate an intense love of words within Kate. It is difficult to overlook Borkowski’s literary roots, and the fruits of her own Notre Dame bachelor’s degree in English, as she sculpts her songs with precision, weaving trance-inducing and almost eerie vocal melodic play with lyrics that are as likely to invoke vodka as they are to jaunt playfully between rarely used terms in a literature book. Yet even as Borkowski’s lyrics can prove elusive, her finger is never far from the pulse of the rest of us who, despite the lyrical labyrinth she erects (almost as if to entertain herself), are able to follow the thread of her voice and cannot help but to feel as though we “get it”. As she makes her easy way from rock to solo piano, almost separate movements appear within each song; and still, the listener sacrifices nothing. She closes one door, and opens another just as breathtaking.
While creating ‘Beautiful Little Fools’, Kate teamed up with Marcel van Limbeek and the dynamic and creative two-some spent most of the year recording additional vocals, cello, and piano parts between London, UK and Martian Engineering (Cornwall, UK). ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ was mixed entirely by Marcel van Limbeek (Tori Amos) and mastered with care by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York (Paul Simon, Graceland). The album features: Ben Smith (Heart); Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple); Mac Aladdin (Tori Amos); John Philip Shenale (Tori Amos); Rosemary Banks (Tori Amos); Garey Shelton (B. B. King) and John Morton.