Kate Teague returns with dazzlingly contemplative single “The Temporary”

Mississippi based talent Kate Teague releases ponderous ode to the ephemeral in the form of new single “The Temporary” (out via Muscle Beach Records).

Growing up and writing songs in the same hometown as poet William Faulkner can have its setbacks. Comparisons can be made and expectations can be heavy. Kate Teague recognises this but doesn’t let it affect her work.

Asserting that she’s “just trying to be as real as possible”, Kate Teague emulates this sentiment with her music, wearing it like a brooch on her lapel. Her self titled debut EP, released in 2019, plays out like a series of diary entries, penned with vulnerability and raw truth, something that underpins all of her music. Ranging from personal heartbreak to wider issues of sexism, Teague draws on her lived experiences to create capsules, moments that retain the initial power that the events described held, as well as possessing more introspective and ruminative aspects that come from later reflection.

What’s plain is that for Kate Teague and her music, honesty and openness are championed. As she herself admits, “I rarely filter myself”, a fact that works in her favour considering the emotive power her voice has.

“The Temporary” slots gorgeously into her repertoire. Her first single since the aforementioned debut EP, musically, it displays a more experimental sound in the use of synth and drum loops. This is no accident, as Teague herself professes “I wrote this song when I first started to listen to a lot of experimental artists like Colleen and Jenny Hval“.

The combined effect of the looping drums, sombre bass and mournful guitar laid underneath Kate Teague’s crystal clear voice is one of resounding emotion. It’s a deeply moving and affecting song and not just because of the wonderful vocal work that calls to mind the fervent nature of Aimee Mann’s voice. “The Temporary” resonates due to its contemplation of uncertainty.

With the lyrics “And will I ever feel exactly where I ought to be?” and “This could be as good as it gets/This really could be as good as it gets”, Kate Teague speaks to a feeling of doubting your direction and reassessing where you want to be in your life. In the current climate, this is even more applicable to most, something that she acknowledges, saying “those feelings of hindrance and uneasiness about the future have taken on a new meaning for me during this pandemic.”

Rachel Chandler