South Bend, IN (WiredPRNews.com) On her upcoming debut album, Kate Borkowski dedicates “Siamroot” (which is an anagram of Amos’ name) to Tori Amos. In “Siamroot”, Borkowski investigates the cyclical nature of a volatile relationship and an almost Absinthian retreat from life into the landscape of Amos’ songs. With its dark, idiosyncratic, moody feel and bewitching vocal performance, ’Siamroot’ is further enhanced by John Morton’s striking electric guitar work, and proves to be a stunning effort in its own right, and no small gift to offer the very woman who has proven so inspiring.
Borkowski has said of Amos that she has been a needed reminder that there is a place for the intellectual woman who writes edgy, abstract, and allusion-filled songs within an industry too often inundated by clichés and demure women.
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist was born in South Bend, IN 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.
But 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”.
Kate’s album, “Beautiful Little Fools”, will be released later this year.