MUSIC NEWS: @NaamaKates New Album "Souled" Out This Fall

Critically acclaimed singer-composer-actor Naama Kates is putting the final touches on her third album, Souled, which is slated for a Fall 2014 release. On the new album, Kates reunites with award-winning producer Cyrus Melchor, who also produced her first album, The Unexamined Life. The new album, Souled, is an ethereal reflection on life, love, longing, and Los Angeles. Souled's thoughtful lyrics showcase Kates' sultry voice and genre-bending arrangements. The album was recorded at Melchor's Mount Cyanide Studio in Atwater Village as well as engineer Scott Fraser's studio in Mount Washington, both in Los Angeles. Distribution details for Souled will be announced in the near future. For additional information, please visit

"The songs on Souled are about life, seen through both a micro and macro lens, with narrators that range from taunting inner voices to omniscient beings," says Kates, "The album is a work of soul-searching, culminating with the title song, a play on 'sold.'"

Souled finds Melchor incorporating more electronic elements into Kates' continually evolving sound. Her smoky vocal stylings draw comparisons to Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Tori Amos, and yet her sound remains uniquely her own. The subject matter on the album was inspired by everyday life – from frustrations with the City of Los Angeles' Parking Violations Bureau to the political upheaval in the Ukraine to Kates' search for her missing cat (who is safely back home!). Additional collaborators on Souled include Joseph Harvey on cello, guitarist GE Stinson, Danny Levin on horns, drummer Rich West, and Alexander DeYoung, who mastered the album.

With several indie films and TV appearances notched on her belt, Kates continues to be active on the screen as well. Her film Chloe, originally titled The 10 Commandments of Chloe, is set to release in late 2014. The undeniably autobiographical film, which stars Kates, is about a young musician who is new to Nashville, and features songs from Kates' The Unexamined Life. The film, directed by Princeton Holt, swept up 9 awards on the festival circuit and at jury competitions, including several for Best Lead Actress and Best Narrative Feature. That attention led to the film getting picked up for distribution by a bi-coastal production company. Chloe is currently undergoing revisions before a wider release later this year.

Souled Track List
01 - Hurricane – 5:15
02 - For Our Friends – 4:09
03 - Wait Until Bright – 4:20
04 - Sunrise – 4:28
05 - Waves – 2:56
06 - Run – 4:24
07 - Growl – 3:13
08 - Windows – 2:56
09 - Chime – 3:49
10 - On My Love – 3:53
11 - Souled – 4:02

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Daniele Ionesku said...

When is it available in Europe?