Something For Kate
Leave Your Soul To Science


4.5
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Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
September 28th, 2012 | 92 replies | 6,048 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something for Kate cannot do a thing wrong.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Something for Kate has had a densely casted enigma surrounding their movements for the last 6 years. With the meteoric rise to success of front man Paul Dempsey’s solo album, Everything is True, it was unsure whether Dempsey would continue his success with further follow up LP’s or Something for Kate would just become would be a glorified backing band to whimsical musings of Dempsey’s musical direction. Though, Dempsey had always enforced that Something for Kate would reform and create music collaboratively again. And reform they did, spending the past northern hemisphere summer locked up in a studio in downtown Dallas, TX, Clint Hyndman, Stephanie Ashworth and Dempsey set to work on what has become Leave Your Soul To Science. It is the 6th studio release from the band, and with it they bring everything you’d expect plus a forefront of the unexpected.

Leave Your Soul To Science comes off different to any Something For Kate record before it, with a heavy 80’s synth laden guitars, pulsating bass and a touch of electronica which in all, correlate to a more grittier sound as the band seems to have found a rejuvenated aggression that has possessed the bands writing. On the track ‘Back to Normal’ Dempsey yelps “Do you think you can just stroll through my head like you own the fuckin’ place?” It’s this intensity and wrenching that shows that musically the band is showing the timelessness in the sound they are encapsulating, without the feeling of being dated. This is exemplified in the climax of opening track ‘Star-Crossed Citizens’, with the sweet falsettos of Dempsey being juxtaposed by a heavily distorted guitar, crunching bass and crushing drums.

A growing fuzz of self doubt seems to be a poignant centre point for Leave Your Soul To Science lyrical focus, as Dempsey weaves in and out of current world issues as well as seemingly vague personal thoughts and the uncertainty that the consequences of certain actions that they pertain. It seems that Dempsey beautifully asks more questions than he answers in his cries, and it is on show here, take the lead single, ‘Survival Expert’, So take a camera from the pile / and if it speaks less than a thousand words, yeah / if it tells a lie / you’re still right / you’re always right”. ‘Survival Expert’ is the one track on the album that could easily slide into any previous Something for Kate records, with the slick soaring melody of vocals backed by a conservative rhythm section while the following track, ‘Private Rain’ couldn’t be more distant to the typical Something for Kate sound, which dredges through a melancholy psychedelic feel into a huge percussive half time climax that brings to the fore the emotive of the songs centre.

Something for Kate are out to prove that as a cohesive unit their writing is something that escapes the reaches of Dempsey’s solo work, and has grown into something authentic and organic to the group themselves. Leave Your Soul To Science is a record that breathes a breath of fresh in the Australian music culture that is stuck in the monotony of mindless indie fickle. It articulates the importance of strong song writing and how a group of old dogs can certainly pack a punch with some brand new tricks. The grit, the poignant song writing, the endearing sentiments and the vibrancy of Leave Your Soul To Science make you relinquish any doubt that in fact, Something for Kate are in essence the underpinning of the modern day Australian music culture.



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Douglas
September 27th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Seriously think this could grow on me and be as good as Beautiful Sharks, or shock horror -- better.
It just melts your mind.

@Knott- this is not a bad spot to start with these dudes...



Spare
September 27th 2012



5252 Comments


i bet this isn't a 4.5

but yeah haven't listened yet should be p good

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Douglas
September 27th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shit man, it is. It really is.

WhiteNoise
September 27th 2012



3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Isn't this just a bit too early for a review?

I'm seeing them next weekend because my mate is a raging fanboy, I'll definitely pick this up soon.

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Douglas
September 27th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is streaming and is out today. Dude they are awesome live, you'll have a swell time.

Spare
September 27th 2012



5252 Comments


yo doug have you seen that like 2 hour paul dempsey solo set on moshcam? it's fucking magical

WhiteNoise
September 27th 2012



3044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's what I've been told. I've only heard the murmur years so far but this review makes me want to check this out...fuzz and distortion you say? Haha

Douglas
September 27th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah Spare, it is awesome.

I said segmental movements of distortion. There is still the typical SFK sound, but there are punchier songs.

tombits
September 28th 2012



3469 Comments


'survival expert' is really exceptional, i've never heard any of their catalogue but i think it's finally time to give in to your SFK hyperbole dougie! is this the best place to start?

Spare
September 28th 2012



5252 Comments


imo beautiful sharks prob the best place to start

Douglas
September 28th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Deserves all the hyperbolic praise. Tbh anywhere is a good place to start but this getting airplay at the moment so dig it!

Captain North
September 28th 2012



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was okay. Certainly not their best work. The first track I thought was a really drab opener. But there's some great tunes in here as well.

Douglas
September 28th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I agree that it lacks that punch, but after giving it a couple of swirls it loosens on you. Favourite track Tom?

Captain North
September 28th 2012



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's hard to deny the catchiness of Survival Expert or Private Rain. Quite liked Eureka too

Douglas
September 28th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah man. The second half is ridiculously strong as well.

Captain North
September 28th 2012



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, The Kids is great too.

Mojito
September 28th 2012



34 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta listen to this a few more times but i've rated it for the time being. nice review buddy.

HBFS
September 29th 2012



1218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god damn i love paul dempsey

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Douglas
September 29th 2012



9058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ha ha that makes two of us!

HBFS
September 30th 2012



1218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad i'm not the only one.. have you heard the deluxe edition with his cover of 'hanging on' and the acoustic version of survival expert? my god.



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