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Kate Davis picked up a violin at age five, a bass at age thirteen. She entered the Portland Youth Philharmonic before puberty, the Grammy Jazz Ensemble before adolescence. By the time she graduated high school, Kate won the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award and a full ride to the Manhattan School of Music. By the time she graduated college, ASCAP's Robert Allen Award and slots at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a young adult, the virtuoso claimed enthusiastic endorsements from NPR, MTV, PBS and BBC as well as coveted invitations to the stage from Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, Jeff Goldblum and the like. Most recently, she co-wrote Sharon Van Etten’s hit single “Seventeen.”

Yet, Kate Davis considers her debut indie rock album her hardest-earned accolade to date.

Kate grew up as a jazz darling, but she grew into something significantly more dynamic. Days spent practicing and performing became nights spent writing — cathartic indie rock — music simultaneously informed by and rebutting of her training. Forbidden chord progressions emerged like diary entries, documents of an internal reaction to routine. Time intended for technique slipped into secret listening sessions of Beach House and Death Cab for Cutie. In the same bright, arresting croon that ignited her youthful stardom, Davis created confessionals.

Now 28 and audibly matured, Kate is prepared to properly share the artifacts from her late night craft, a full length reaction to ritual required of perfection, an outburst from the pedestal. Trophy will be released in the fall of 2019 on Solitaire Recordings. Throughout twelve tumultuous tracks, Kate poetically reflects upon the intricacies of what it is to live, ruminating on topics too close to her heart — identity, self-worth, loss.

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released November 8, 2019

Produced by Tim Bright
Engineered by Tim Bright
Mixed by Steve Vealey
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound
String Arrangement by Kate Davis
Horn Arrangements by Kate Davis and Tim Bright
Kate Davis: vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, piano, recorder
Tim Bright: guitar (tracks 1-6, 8-10, 12)
Mike Riddleberger: drums (tracks 1, 3-6, 8-10, 12)
Alex Foote: guitar (tracks 1-6, 9, 10)
Conor Rayne: drums (tracks 10, 11, 12)
Savannah Harris: drums (track 2)
Marco Benevento: keyboards (tracks 2, 6, 8, 11)
Alyssa McDoom: vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 10, 11)
Brooklyn Rider: strings (track 7)
Kalia Vandever: trombone (tracks 2, 8, 11)
Doug Wieselman: saxophone (tracks 2, 8, 11)
Mac Gollehon: trumpet (tracks 2, 8, 11)

Recorded at:
- Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY
- Engineered by Oliver Strauss
- Trout Studios, Brooklyn, NY
- Engineered by Bryce Goggin
- Sixty Cycle Music, Brooklyn NY

Photography & Design: Holden Brown & Melissa Nelson

All songs written by Kate Davis, published by Kate Davis Music (ASCAP), Primary Wave Anthems (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP)

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Track Name: Daisy
I’m trying to think about dreams I’ve had
Happy or sad or the middle
Sometimes about you, with or without you
Still leaving me in the dark

I am dragging out, I am dragging out
I am dragging out of bed
But I’m still coming up, I’m still coming up
I’m still coming up Daisy

What was it you said when I stopped to listen
I’ve poured over the pages you wrote
This manual to help me get it together
But you won’t hold my hand anymore

I’ve been through enough, I’ve been through enough
I’ve been through enough lately
But I keep fucking up, I keep fucking up
I keep fucking up Daisy

Neither am I good nor pure
Neither am I wise
However I am willing
To start from the ground up
So I keep growing up

When you had me living in a little greenhouse
Starters in the basement at home
What to do, what to say?
Prepare me for that day
And it made so much sense at the time

I am questioning, I am questioning
I am questioning the man
But I keep fucking up, I keep fucking up
I keep fucking up the plan

Oh seed
Pick your poison
While you’re down there in the ground
Father, father
What do I do
When you are not around
And I feel like giving out
And crashing down to the ground
Backbone is battered as any
But show me my roots

Neither am I good nor pure
Neither am I wise
However I am willing
To start from the ground up
So I keep growing up
I keep growing up
I keep growing up

I keep growing up
I keep growing up
I keep growing up
Track Name: Open Heart
Sit down in the waiting room
Someone will be with you soon
Write down your history
As you remember exactly

Deep breath
Oh we’re taking your temperature now
Hold tight
Oh we’re taking an xray now

I’ll send the doctor in
He’s gonna wanna see this
Critical condition
We can’t dismiss this

Deep breath
Oh we’re cutting you open now
Hold tight
Oh we’re taking your heart out now

Put the pieces back together
Looks like it’s been shattered by a bad love
Don’t talk shit, stick with this
And next time you’ll get a better one
Keep an open heart
Keep an open heart

Wake up wake up for me
You’re gonna feel some pain
It took us hours to fix
The injury you sustained

Deep breath
Oh the signal is better now
Hold tight
Oh it’s about to be over now

Sit up in bed for me
Therapy should start
You'd rather feel this pain
Than have a broken heart

Deep breath
Oh this is your new life now
Hold tight
Oh it's about to be over now

Put the pieces back together
Looks like it’s been shattered by a bad love
Don’t talk shit, stick with this
And next time you’ll get a better one
Keep an open heart
Track Name: Burning Accidents
Love me like a straight and narrow
Love me like you love a friend
Love me like a burning flare and I’ll find my way back again

Treat me like a tender try
Treat me like the lock and key
Treat me in the way you’d say there’ll always be a place for me

Leave the burning accidents to hurt the world behind
Don’t settle there and crystalize them in your mind
There’s clarity in space with stars to guide you through
They’ll protect the key that I left out for you It’s not easy for two to love

Lead the way for both of us
Show me all the strength I need
Devote your life to open road
And you are destined to succeed

Think about me when you find
What you have been looking for
Remember it’s a game
That’ll always leave you wanting more

Not easy to let you go into the night
Not easy to let you go without a fight

So Leave the burning accidents to hurt the world behind
Don’t settle there and crystalize them in your mind
There’s clarity in space with stars to guide you through
They’ll protect the key that I left out for you It’s not easy for two to love

Hold me like we’re only one
Hold me like it used to be
Hold me through the darkness
But keep me with you in a dream
Track Name: Dirty Teenager
The weekend before first semester ends
We’re in Paul’s room pounding miller lights
Listening to left speaker Marley
And I wonder if he’s ever taken out the trash

So I step outside to get some air
Light a cigarette and see her walking there
Stack of books and a command
And she let herself into the dorm
Didn’t see me beside the door

I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage
I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage
I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage boy

Suffice it to say she didn’t see me
All of a hundred pounds and skinny jeans
Reeking of tobacco and egg and cheese
But in the moment the door shut she had become my world

So I step outside to get some air
Light a cigarette and imagine her there
With a smile and her hand in my hand
And she led us both into the dorm
I was standing beside her for sure

I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage
I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage
I don’t wanna be a dirty teenage boy

I just wanna be your friend
Track Name: Animals
The concrete’s hard on the lion’s toes
And the bones connected to bones
But he pounces on it every day
Sneaking on his prey

The shark will swim in his saltwater pool
In a penthouse on Madison avenue
Poised, pointed forward he is ready
For any trace of blood

Flesh and bone
Doesn’t even compare
To the primitive hate and deadliest wares
Of a 45 calibre gun

Height awards the hawk the upper hand
When he’s protected by the man
And trained to target powerless persons
And throw them all away
Track Name: Cloud
Seventeen
I just wanted to be in love
My very own whale song
My one true hum

I call for you
Across the hill and valley too
I put out a dream
I hope it reaches you

Lay on my back
Feel your face in the cloud
Time is fickle in the
Space it allows
It could be 24 hours till I
See you

Eighteen
Wading through the sea of love
Has become a chore
A bore without you

The alphabet
Has everything you mean to me
When you align four letters
Perfectly

Lay on my back
Feel your face in the cloud
Time is fickle in the
space it allows
It could be 24 hours till I
See you

What if I miss you at a highlight
Or at a stoplight
I’ll know I’ll know
Will I miss you at the first light
Or at first sight

Lay on my back
Feel your face in the cloud
Time is fickle in the
Space it allows
It could be 24 hours till I
See you
Track Name: I Like Myself
I feel different today
She must have made me feel this way
When I look into the mirror
I think I see what she sees
It’s clear

I kind of like myself
Cause she likes me
And since I think the world of her
And she of me
Then I’m exactly who and where I want to be

I haven’t criticized myself
There is no need I am stronger now
Then I’ve ever been before

I’ve never told you how I felt before
Oh why have I not told myself before
I love you
Yes I love you

I finally love myself
Cause she loves me
And since I think the world of her
And she of me I’m exactly who and where I want to be
Track Name: Did You Love Somebody
I should have asked you a second time
Were we on the path to true partnership?
A name we used so they knew we were serious
It’s what we told ourselves to feel responsible

I dreamed of getting older with you each year on a Christmas card

I never thought I’d let you down
Too old to be searching for something better
And now our little dog looks me in the eyes
From my new single bed, single sublet

Did you love somebody
Did you need somebody
Don’t remind me
Did you love somebody
Did you loose everything

I forgot it rains nine moths of the year.
When it rains it never pours, but damn
I made a mistake on a night like this
How about that for a reminder
A slow and torturous trickle reminder

I dreamed of getting older with you each year in the house we built

I found a note
Inside my coat
And it said to die
Window to a blank stare
Slash across the chest
Heart in a bucket on ice

Did you love somebody
Did you need somebody
Don’t remind me
Did you love somebody
Did you loose everything
Track Name: Salome
I’m a sucker for your charm
I can’t help but sing along
To your song
Hold your hand
Soak up the sadness
From your eyes don’t cry
Play pretend friend

This is your one woman show
I’m hanging onto every word you craft
Do you hear your name in god’s admonition
Listen

Salome
Now you’re upright victorious and barefoot with my head in your hands
I warned you of the evening’s malevolent moon
She's taken total control over you

But Salome
Now you stand here in front of me paralyzed and unable to dance
Your righteousness is a second guess
Your audience begs the question

What good’s a head
That’s dead

Princess take us down with the ship

Salome
Now you stand here in front of me paralyzed and unable to dance
Your righteousness is a second guess
Your audience begs the question

What good’s a head
That’s dead
Track Name: rbbts
Nothing lasts forever you can’t ever hold on too tight
The skin will slip away and in no time we’ll see the light

This is me calling cause I really wanna see you tonight
This is me calling cause you really need to let me inside your heart

No matter what you want there are never any guarantees
But just before sunrise, you’re still right here with me

This is me noticing that this time the stars have aligned
This is me saying that you really need to make up your mind, this time

Tell me what are you afraid of, why do you hide?
Show me everything you feel and fear inside

Cause I’m running, I’m running

Meet me in the morning indigo skylight twilight

Tell me what are you afraid of, why do you hide?
Show me everything you feel and fear inside

Cause I’m running, I’m running out of time
Track Name: St Joseph
Bury your saint in the ground
Find someone who will buy your home
And make it their own

Say goodbye to your friends
And wonder if you really ought
Too see them again

Big transitions
Require
Impulse actions
Require
Loss

You will not miss the memories
No comfort in those songs
When you sing along

You’re on your own, you’ve always been
Fight back a tear and fear
To shut the door

Big transitions
Require
Impulse actions
Require loss
And
Light
And
Love
Track Name: Trophy
I love you
Like man loves
A trophy
Desire

While I’m cleaning out the cup
You’re bleeding away
Its all carry out my love
We’re hand in glove

I’m toothy
Mmm and you’re quiet
They’re spying
And you’re dying

While I’m cleaning out the cup
You’re bleeding away
Its all carry out my love
We’re hand in glove now

I can’t hear you
(Here you are but)

While I’m cleaning out the cup
You’re bleeding away
Its all carry out my love
We’re hand in glove now

And I miss you
Just wanted
To have you

(For myself)

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