Following the success of debut, Carve Every Word, in 2015, Katie Buchan – aka Best Girl Athlete – returns with new album – the self-titled Best Girl Athlete due for release on 02/10/17 via Fitlike Records.
Written prior to reaching the age of eighteen alongside her musician father, Charley, here Katie establishes herself as a mature singer-songwriter with a creative vision that not only surpasses expectations but confirms the young musician as a prominent and original talent with a host of admirers including Richard Hawley and Simone Felice.
A collection of songs that each tells a story and makes a connection to the individual, Best Girl Athlete brings together an eclectic range of influences, bridging pop with elements of folk, electronic and Americana whilst drawing on themes of melancholia, abandonment and fear but with a message of resilience and hope for the future, rendering it refreshingly difficult to pigeonhole into just one genre. From the Mark Ronson-esque horns of ‘In Your Head’, the dark, swaying Americana of Vetiver on ‘Sometimes’, the fusion of soulful melodies and Katie’s assured vocal juxtaposed with the fast-paced rap of Jack Hughes on ‘Baby Come Home’, to the up-tempo, electronic, anti-establishment themed ‘In The Morning’, and the soaring and uplifting strings of single ‘Lucy’ offering cinematic pop reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, each track offers something different from the last.
Best Girl Athlete has been born out of the non-conventional manner in which many people now consume music; collecting individual offerings, rather than whole albums. Consequently each song here stands alone as a single offering with lyrically intriguing, musically accomplished depth that will draw on audiences from across the board.
By the age of sixteen years, Katie Buchan had already toured the U.S and Europe and released an album that was nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award. Carve Every Word was named the second best Scottish album of 2015 by Ravechild and received acclaim from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Folk Radio, Artrocker, The Sunday Herald and BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart. One can only imagine what the future will bring for this young artist, but it looks certain that this innovative new album is sure to propel her even further forward.
Best Girl Athlete, the eponymous new album, is out on 02/10/17 via Fitlike Records.