Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, Sat 4 Feb 2017:
“When we’re choosing the tapes, the only thing that counts is what comes out of the speakers. And what came out of the speakers with this next track completely blew me away. This is an artist called Kate Dimbleby – the track is Musical Boxes…
“It’s been a very good week for the BBC Introducing Mixtape. And that one is a stunner.
“She studied with Bobby McFerrin in New York and, you know, she’s put in the time. Those 10,000 hours have been applied to honing that craft. And that is a woman, an artist absolutely at. the. top. of. her. game.”
“The polish and love that must have gone into making this album shows. So many unique tracks, bringing across her powerful and soulful voice. Kate Dimbleby’s new album is one to watch out for in 2017 and contender for album of the year. 5/5”
Kevin Hall’s Music Moments – Read the full review here
“I have just had the pleasure (I don’t use the phrase lightly) of listening to the new album, Songbirds, by Kate Dimbleby and I must say it is a revelation. Listen to this album and I defy you not to enjoy it and listen again and again.”
Liz Franklin’s Folk Garden on Blues and Roots Radio – see full review below.
“It’s not often you hear an acapella album that draws you in with such beauty”
Roots and Fusion Radio
“Secular suburban hymns for the aching post modern heart”
vocalist/composer/filmmaker K Stuart Page Valdes
Full review from Liz Franklin’s Folk Garden on Blues and Roots Radio :
I have just had the pleasure (I don’t use the phrase lightly) of listening to the new album, Songbirds, by Kate Dimbleby and I must say it is a revelation. Kate is, of course, a member of the famous broadcasting dynasty which can be a drawback as well as an advantage. The advantages are the obvious opening of doors. The disadvantages are probably more. The potential dismissal of any work, un-heard, just because the belief is that nepotism has got you in. Preconceptions, the pressure to be like other family members and the expectations that affects anything you do.
That being said, Kate has ploughed her own furrow and good for her and for us. The album is beautifully conceived as an in depth look at life, love and emotions which Kate illustrates vividly with striking phrases which make you think. ‘Imagine the noise we could make with our voices if we let it out’ is a line from Musical Boxes. About keeping our voices hidden from others. ‘Life is’, although short, is one of my favourite tracks. A love song, it could be a goodby love song, but it has one of the most moving lines I have heard: “And when both of us are over, there’ll be no-one left to know how deeply I loved you so I’d better let you know’ really resonated. ‘These things they will come’ would not be out of place on an album by any early American female blues performer.
Kate provides all the vocal backing herself and thus the album is laced with some exquisite harmonies. This technique is one we are familiar with if we have listened to the likes of Bobby McFerrin with his style of jazz driven a capella song backed by the layers of beat and harmony provided solely by the artist themselves. And on the few tracks that have some small instrumentation, Kate also provides that herself in the main, which with the self penned songs making it very much a statement of Kate’s individuality and assertion of her self and her abilities.
Yes I have my favourites but this is not the place for me to say which. It is a place to urge you to listen to this album and I defy you not to enjoy it and listen again and again. January 2017