Since the release of her debut album in June last year, Kate Martin has been living outside of her musical comfort zone. After becoming known as a solo folk artist with an acoustic guitar, Kate formed (and re-formed) a band to start playing her own unique brand of experimental pop. The reason for this change was not some life-changing event, although there were more than enough of those. It wasn't due to a lack of success - quite the opposite - the album received good radio airplay and press coverage, a finalist in a number of songwriting competitions, and was used in TV shows, short films and commercials. The catalyst for the turnaround was the chance discovery of an old Stratocaster in a junk shop in her home town of Townsville. After haggling the price down and falling in love with a new guitar sound, Kate began her transformation. The result of over 18 months writing and recording, Kate's second album features lush, complex instrumentation and layered harmonies complementing Kate's harp-like fingerpicking guitar.
Kate's new album, Hand Me My Bow And Arrow, is out now.