Loren Kate
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Loren Kate

Port Willunga, South Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Port Willunga, South Australia, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Folk Acoustic


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"ABC WA- Nannup Folk Festival"

"... Loren Kate, a star of the future." - ABC South West WA

"Your Own Little Ocean Review"

When (oh when) will Music SA stop sending me CDs that are almost impossible to criticise or find any fault in...?

I was certainly not expecting my latest assignment to even come close to generating the level of enthusiasm that I felt for Gemini Downs, but I am helpless in the face of the musical evidence: Loren Kate has produced an EP entitled Your Own Little Ocean that (to these ears) sounds practically perfect!

It actually feels slightly redundant of me to be writing a review, since this is one of those happy instances when an artist’s press release pretty much says it all, and says it accurately!

The overall sense of artistic accomplishment and impeccable taste that runs right through this estimable release extends to the packaging concept and the design of the artwork: a gorgeous rainbow/ocean/waves design (with what could be a sleeping baby providing the main focus) that looks to me like an even-more-beautiful variation of the sleeve of Goanna’s Oceania (one of the most criminally-overlooked-and-underrated Oz albums of all time, by the way!) The texture and colour of the recycled paper package of the EP would feel aesthetically appropriate even if it didn’t also resonate with the seriousness of the environmental situation that we all face as responsible inhabitants of Earth…

This connects with an unspoken theme that I detect strongly from the surface of these songs: Loren’s concern for the adequate preservation of our planet, for the sake of the future of her newborn child, as well as the rest of the current generation of young people…However, this music is not moralistic, nor is it narrow in scope or self-righteous in tone; it is universal, enveloping, captivating!

The opening guitar notes of first song 'Fill Your Cup' are just about as warm and resonant as could be, and Loren’s voice is simply gorgeous, floating with authority over the gentle melody and letting the heart-warming sentiment of the lyrics flow like honey, with the cello of Mel Robinson providing the ideal, understated, additional musical touch.

On 'Ukeabye Baby' (hopefully you can guess which slightly-exotic instrument makes an appearance to give the track its title) Loren and Mel’s heavenly harmonies convey the care and concern described in the lyrics, while the jaunty rhythm ensures that the song rises far above the typical slushy ode-to-innocence, becoming instead as beautiful an expression of mother-love as I can imagine…

'Travelled for Miles' has a skip in its step and a delightful uplift in its tune, which when combined with the simple, searching, yet optimistic lyrics, makes for another highly satisfying song, while the title track feels like nothing less than Mother Earth singing to us from the heavens, making everything and everyone seem all right - for 4 minutes, at least! 'Wood and Glue' makes it an easy 5-out-of-5 strike rate for marvellous EP from an exceptional musician who I am most glad to have made the acquaintance of!

- Andrew Vasser, Music SA

"Gig Review"

Loren Kate's delicate storytelling style... was lapped up by an audience that would stay hooked for the entire night. Her mixture of finger picking and strumming laid the foundation for a set that, while featuring solemn meaningful songs, was delivered with humour and a balanced unguardedness. - Drum Media

"Album Review"

Engaging, sensitive and impossible not to fall in love with. - RTRFM (Perth)


"Loren Kate's music is beautifully haunting, soulful and raw.." - Perth Music Wesbite

"Brand New Shoes Album Review"

Loren Kate's debut album, Brand New Shoes, which is due to be launched nationally over the next couple of months is a great milestone for the 24-year-old songwriter.

Recorded in an astonishing 5 days at Soundmine Studio in Leederville with producer Lee Buddle and 7 talented WA musicians, the album has the sound and feel of a highly crafted musical achievement, most likely due to the amount of energy, love and work done in the lead up to recording.

Having been on the road for the good part of 4 years, traveling and touring her music to most corners of Australia, Loren steadily penned the songs of the album along her journey in places such as Fremantle, Broome, Darwin, Adelaide and Byron Bay. The result is a beautifully dynamic, emotionally charged storybook of two or more years’ worth of joy, love, loss, gratitude, family, friends, travel and everything in between.

Opening with the infectiously uplifting track Bird on My Shoulder, Loren weaves a light-hearted thread through the core of the album, with the message, ‘all these things are not as big as they seem’ and a whistling solo that won’t escape your head anytime soon.

The title track, Brand New Shoes with its driving back-beat and exceedingly groovy harmonies (which include the voice of Perth singer-songwriter Freya Hanly) is another song reinforcing the positive vibe, which makes it the perfect precursor to the haunting and beautiful Ode to John, a song Loren wrote about her father, to whom the album is dedicated.

Family is a theme that runs through a handful of Loren’s songs, and the epic Sticks and Stones tells the powerful story of her brother and a past addiction. With some impressive vocal textures and a string arrangement by Lara Norman, the song leads the album into a dramatic climax, which is bound to send shivers down even the most rigid spine.

Soon after this relatively sombre moment, though, comes The Whale Song, which features Damian Smith on ukulele. Possibly one of the catchiest tracks on the album, the song keeps things progressing with an airy, ramblin’ folk feel and a light, but somewhat anthemic chorus. The album goes out on a similar note with the last track, Sing, being a simple yet moving declaration of gratitude to music and life in general, sending it all home with a colourful sea of a-capella vocals and the inevitable smile on the face of whoever is listening to it.
- Charlie Jones


'Moving On' - released September 2014

'Your Own Little Ocean' EP-released September 2010

'Brand New Shoes' Album- released 2009



"Don’t see just another girl with an acoustic guitar. Loren's music has a rare emotional depth and a subtle rarified beauty. To me Loren Kate is an exciting and serious artist. I saw her make an absolutely packed church cry at Fairbridge Festival. She needs more chances to unfold her music for people." 

- Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson)


"Loren Kate’s delicate storytelling style was lapped up by an audience that would stay hooked for the entire night. Her mixture of finger picking and strumming laid the foundation for a set that, while featuring solemn meaningful songs, was delivered with humour and a balanced unguardedness."
-Drum Media


“In her only WOMADelaide performance, Loren Kate's acoustic set, nested amongst the Morton Bay figs, was extremely well-attended by an equally well-behaved audience.  After the aural onslaught of Dub Inc, her soothing voice felt like lullaby and transported you into a dreamy musical paradise.

The seated event show-cased her gorgeous voice as it wrapped around the stream of raw and emotional songs. Kate's original music is soft, gentle and earthy. It settled over the bulging crowd and seemed to repel the many distractions from chatty passerbys and booming main stages.”

-Aaron Vinall, The Barefoot Review (Womadelaide 2014)

"Loren Kate, a star of the future."

- ABC South West WA


“Her guitar playing was tasteful and sensitive, and was played with a subtlety that unselfishly carried each song, allowing the lyrics to be clearly identified and appreciated. It was pleasing to hear such a fine, controlled voice, void of too much vibrato yet pitch perfect. Every song was preceded by a wonderful tale, perhaps too often sad, but still keeping the audience captivated.”

-RIU Street Press, Adelaide


“I don’t think I have ever heard anyone sing like that. What was moving was not just the songs but hearing of the love, joy, heartache and pain behind each song that made it all the more special.”

- heckler.com.au

 When Loren Kate finished high school she set out in search of adventure. Armed with only a guitar and backpack, she jumped on the train and headed to Northern NSW. With a few dollars in her pocket she began busking for her dinner and shelter and learning about music from the local street folk... 

Now ten years on and Loren Kate has performed at many venues and festivals around the country including; WOMADelaide 2014, Nannup Music Festival WA, Peats Ridge Folk Festival NSW, Fleurieu Folk Festival SA, Earthdance WA, Alice Desert Festival NT, Oenpelli Open Day NT, Go Organic Festival SA, and recently at Fairbridge Music Festival where she was crowned ‘festival highlight’ by the festival director.

Loren has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest artists including Vika and Linda Bull, Tinpan Orange, Harry James Angus, Archie Roach, Mama Kin, Eric Bogle and international songwriters Kristina Olsen, Enda Kenny and Steve Poltz.

 Since the release of her third album ‘Moving On’ in September 2013, Loren Kate has toured to the far corners of the country, delighting audiences with her heart-warming and intimate storytelling-style. The new album came to fruition through a successful crowd funding campaign where over $16,000 was raised in 3 months from more than 220 fans.

 The album was produced by Aria Award winning producer, Paul McKercher (Augie March, Pete Murray, You am I, Sarah Blasko) and recorded over 10 days at Jim Moginie’s (Midnight Oil) Oceanic Studios on Sydney’s northern beaches using Jim’s vintage equipment where possible.

The sound that unveiled was timeless, drawing parallels to folk masterpieces of the 70’s but with a contemporary twist, a true testimony to Loren’s musical influences; Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Carole King, Bob Dylan.

 ‘Moving On’ has enjoyed much praise amongst the Australian music industry with extensive airplay on ABC Radio National’s ‘Inside Sleeve’ with Robbie Buck ,Triple J’s ‘Roots n’ All’ with Sarah Howells and a number one chart placement on AMRAP’s AirIT charts for 4 weeks running!

 Loren Kate’s music is like a beautifully dynamic, emotionally charged storybook. She writes beautiful songs and performs them with an honesty and passion that is both humbling and inspiring.