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Kaia Kater Strange Medicine DIRT-CD-0117 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberDIRT-CD-0117
Barcode877746011726
labelFree Dirt Records
Release date14/06/2024
salesrank53
Players/ContributorsMusicians
  • Antonin Cuerrier: Clarinet (Tracks Nr 2, 6, 7)
  • Brent Besner: Clarinets (Tracks Nr 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Flo Rousseau: French Horn (Tracks Nr 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Joe Grass: Synths, Guitars (Tracks Nr 3, 4, 5, 8, 10)
  • Josée Marchand: English Horn (Tracks Nr 1, 2, 3, 6, 7)
  • Morgan Moore: Bass (Tracks Nr 1, 2, 6, 7)
  • Phil Melanson: Dums, Percussion (Tracks Nr 2, 4, 6, 7, 10)
  • Rob Moose: Strings (Tracks Nr 4, 5, 6)
  • Robbie Kuster: Dums, Percussion (Tracks Nr 1, 3)
  • Taz Eddy: Trumpet (Tracks Nr 2, 6, 7)
Guest musician
  • Allison Russell: Vocals (Track Nr 4)
  • Aoife O’Donovan: Vocals (Track Nr 1)
  • Taj Mahal: Vocals (Track Nr 6)
Producer
  • Kaia Kater and Joe Grass
Mixer
  • Ryan Freeland at Stampede Origin
Recording Studio
  • Studio Mixart
Mastering
  • Richard Addison at Trillium Sound

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      On Strange Medicine, acclaimed roots musician Kaia Kater succeeds in the act of transformation, alchemizing grief into joy, sorrow into hope. Fiercely defiant toward an industry that silences Black women, Kater’s captivating songs celebrate the power of oppressed people and act as an antidote to centuries of exploitation, fear, and greed. This collection of ten songs —featuring appearances by today’s finest roots musicians such as Allison Russell, Aoife O’Donovan, and Taj Mahal—showcase Kater’s biting topical songwriting and deft arranging chops. Strange Medicine’s intricate orchestrations were inspired by diverse sources: composer Steve Reich’s propulsive minimalism, the frenetic jazz drumming of Brian Blade, the unsettling orchestral scores of film composer Jonny Greenwood, and the spiraling rhythms of the West African kora. Furthermore, Kater’s delicate yet robust banjo playing charts new territory well beyond what's expected of the instrument. With Strange Medicine, Kater taps into the full kaleidoscope of her artistry, creating an outlet for our collective grief and celebration and inviting the ancestors to a place of honor at the table.

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      CD 1
      • 1.The Witch03:25
      • 2.Maker Taker03:39
      • 3.Mechanics of the Mind03:29
      • 4.In Montreal03:33
      • 5.The Internet03:08
      • 6.Fédon03:44
      • 7.Floodlights03:31
      • 8.Often as the Autumn03:43
      • 9.History in Motion03:11
      • 10.Tigers04:25
      • Total:35:48