Performing under the moniker of CALLmeKAT, Katrine Ottosen, is a renowned keyboardist, composer and singer/songwriter in her native Denmark. Through old-fashioned word-of-mouth, Ottosen has impressed audiences in Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland, all before an official international release. After the 2008 release of the I’m A Polaroid, Where Are You EP and the full-length album Fall Down, Ottosen won tons of critical acclaim in Denmark, has toured with artists such as Au Revoir Simone and Okkervil River and has performed at festivals such as SXSW,NXNE, Eurosonic, Northside, CMJ and others.
Now officially performing as a trio with longtime collaborators Joe Magistro and Daniel Fridell, CALLmeKAT will be releasing their forthcoming EP Hidden Waters later this spring, and from the sound off the EP’s first single “Rolling,” the EP reflects a bit of a change of sonic direction, as well as reflects growth in both musicianship and songwriting. In particular, “Rolling” has a retro/60s pop sound thanks to the percussive handclaps and piano — and in some way, it reminds me quite a bit of Spoon, believe it or not but with a slick, futuristic feel and a kazoo solo. Yes, a kazoo solo. Still, despite the obvious change in sonic direction. Ottosen is a particularly gifted songwriter, who can craft a song with a remarkably catchy pop hook, while being simultaneously personal.
The official video has Ottosen and her band mates being kind of goofy – in an almost Beatles/Monkees-like way while performing the song. It shows an absurdist sense of humor here and there that’s actually refreshing.