Kathryn Williams is something of an anomaly – releasing eleven full-length albums under her own name (and more with various side-projects) since her debut LP, Dog Leap Stairs, was released in 1999 via her own CAW Records label.
As impressive a stat as that might be, it does little to capture the true magic of Williams work; the enchanting craft that has grown and expanded as she’s moved from one project to the next, from the breakthrough success of her Mercury Prize nominated ‘Little Black Numbers’ LP all the way to her Sylvia Plath tribute project and this year’s ‘Greatest Hits’ collection – not a greatest hits at all, in fact, rather an imagined retrospective for a fictional artist and an inspired soundtrack to Laura Barnett’s new novel of the same name.
From dusty Americana to playful jazz re-workings, and so much more besides, every record Williams puts her name to burns with a meticulousness and an honesty that casts a spell all of her own making. While her best-known work is characterised by rich and honest songwriting, Williams has continually been able to evolve as an artist because she’s always looked outside of such genre boundaries.
‘Songs From The Novel ‘Greatest Hits’, Williams latest album (“A gamut of emotions and musical styles from pastoral playfulness to jagged edged brittleness” – The Irish Times) is another non-conventional piece of work from an artist that continues to listen and learn from the greats while, undoubtedly, becoming one herself; approaching her twentieth anniversary fiery spirit and a sense of adventure that has never once wilted.