“Expectation is an intensely humble exploration of the self through a musically and lyrically progressive, innovative and energetic avant-pop lens.” -Atwood Magazine
Today, Los Angeles’s upcoming avant pop singer-songwriter, XMeKate, has released the first part to her debut record, Expectation. Joining forces with producer and longtime friend, Andrés Rebellón, the two were able to create a project that is both universal and achingly personal. Filled with heavy, haunting lyrics that float within the lightness of her melodies, Kate invokes a sense of ecstasy and melancholy in equal measure.
“XMeKate’s music is certainly reminiscent of Lorde, Florence + the Machine or Regina Spektor, but she is so far removed from them. Her ambitious lyrics liken her artistry to that of Fiona Apple, a personal hero” – Atwood Magazine
Over these last few months, Kate released two singles, ‘Cigarettes’ and ‘I’ll Be The Blue,” that have caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. Popular TV describes Kate as “the next pop chanteuse to watch,” while Impose Mag says “Cigarettes, “powerful yet vulnerable vocals show a certain kind of strength and maturity that’s difficult to find in other artists.”
Having had her own fair share of heartbreak, loss and discovery, Kate created a record that explores life in two part. Expectation centers on intimacy, love and heartbreak, while the second EP, Too Much, is a triumphant expression of life after loss (out late Spring of 2017).
Kate, who is of Italian and Greek descent, had a bicultural upbringing that was a major influence in developing her aesthetic, which draws from Greek mythology and classic literature. She chose her name, ‘XMeKate,’ to honor the sharp and uncompromising Kate from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, one of the bard’s strongest female characters.
Like her namesake Kate’s tenacity came from hardship – and pain lead to power which infused itself into her music. Kate started performing as one half of an acoustic duo that started to get attention and draw crowds in clubs here in Los Angeles, where she currently lives. After losing her Mother to cancer Kate went through a physical and mental transformation – which lead to her being put on involuntary suicide watch. Kate’s life as she knew it was ending, and she was about embark on a new one – and this is when xMeKate was born.