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Kat Koan & The Lost Souls’ ‘Fangs Out’ is a statement of indie-rock prowess

Berlin based Kat Koan & The Lost Souls return with a brand new release ‘Fangs Out’ on 19th May, taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Coccon’ due later this year to be released on Vinyl and Bandcamp only. 

Following on from the ballsy debut ‘Lost Souls’, ‘Fangs Out’ sees Kat Koan and her new band ‘The Lost Souls’, continue their foray forwards with an explosion of headstrong sonic anthems and lyrical intent. Peppered with subtle nods to esteemed peers like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie and Wet Leg. 

Kat explains: “Fangs Out is another song that was born during the lockdown and is pretty much a kick up the ass to keep going and stop moaning. At the time it was probably a bit of a ‘note to self’, but also a kind of rebellion against all the procrastination and waiting for better times that was prevalent amongst many of us. It really got to me at some point. In many ways being stuck at home sucked big time but it was also a great opportunity to spend time on doing things that we don’t get to do very often. For us, the only way to stay semi-sane during the lockdowns was to write songs. So that’s what we did. Fangs Out is one of my favourite songs on the album COCOON, we had a blast making this one.”

Deciding to buck the trend by releasing on Vinyl and Bandcamp only, Kat Koan goes back to basics and aims to forge a personal relationship between the listener and the band. 

“Music is precious. Making music encapsulates many strong emotions, heart, soul and craft; the process is all encompassing. Of course, it’s a joy and a real pleasure to make music and I don’t look at making our own album as a ‘job’ that I should get paid for but there is a value to it. We will be staying away from digital streaming platforms for this album and release it on vinyl only, via bandcamp. 8 vinyl sales are the financial equivalent of 50 000 streams on Spotify, which is mad when you think about it. The album is quite personal so we’d love to share our little Cocoon with a few people who want to be part of this adventure. We’re keen to have a closer relationship with those who dig what we do.”

Bio:

Kat Koan is a Berlin based artist with a passion for expressing intense emotions through music and visuals. At the age of 19 she left her hometown Riesa in East Germany and moved to London, where she studied Media Arts and Management. After graduating from Surrey University she worked as a News Reporter/writer for Bloomberg News and later moved on to producing various children’s TV series, commercials, music videos and Short Films, organised Film screenings as well as Art Exhibitions and trained as a voice over artist in London.

During her time as a commercials producer she developed a passion for combining words and visuals with music. She began to write poems and short stories and made field recordings to create soundscapes for these stories, in order to bring them to life and add more depth and dimension. This later  led to an interest in song writing. In 2017 Kat started to write lyrics for other artists and from 2018 she decided to take up singing.

The focus on musical and visual storytelling didn’t go unnoticed. When she finished the production of her debut album LUSTPRINZIP with Alex Lavery in London, David Lynch’s sound supervisor Dean Hurley heard something in her electro clash songs that intrigued him and offered to mix the album. Some of the songs were subsequently placed on adverts for clients like Glass Magazine and Bulgari, and were met with positive press and live audience reactions. This gave her the confidence and drive to keep going and improve her songwriting skills.

In 2020 she started to collaborate with Belgian producer & musician Raymond Rose, for her new album COCOON, which explores an entirely different musical genre, as well as a more grown up approach to storytelling. The album is now complete and ready to be released on vinyl in 2022.

Fangs out / 19th May

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