by Emily Duff
Katie Wood is a flamboyant new singer from London set on transcending time with her blend of the ‘70s sounds with ‘80s style and modern sarcasm. After releasing her debut single, Steve, earlier this year Katie Wood is set for stardom from the get-go. With a Bowie-esque take to music from her rhythms to her use of fashion and abstract makeup, I knew I’d love Uh Huh Yeah.
Combining humour and solemn subjects, Uh Huh Yeah is “music for the electric”, giving a feeling of confidence and empowerment as soon as it starts. The track addresses her agoraphobia which is an anxiety disorder in which environments often assumed to be common are perceived as unsafe. By writing this tune it has allowed Wood to escape from the anger of her fear and to acknowledge her feelings instead of suffering along with them. Wood explains, “I do believe that you have to face your fears to overcome them”. By writing Uh Huh Yeah, Wood has been able to improve herself as well as uplifting her listeners.
Using vocal harmonisation Wood is able to create moody echoes that contrast with the high energy guitar riffs. With an upbeat tempo combined with calming vocals, it is not difficult to see the connection between Huh Huh Yeah and Wood’s inspiration from Kate Bush, drawing specifically on the track Don’t Give Up which also features Peter Gabriel along with Bush. Creating a gritty and raw sound that amalgamates all the best aspects of the best decades.
Wood not only wrote and recorded Uh Huh Yeah during quarantine but has also used the time to create an accompanying music video. Not one to waste time or shitty emotions, Wood is quickly making a name for herself with acknowledgements from establishments from Nylon to Paper Magazine, Wood is definitely one to keep an eye on.
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