Denmark native Katrine Ottosen creates spooky synth jams under the moniker CALLmeKAT. In 2008, her debut LP, ‘Fall Down’, was well-recieved, earning her some international buzz. Ottosen quickly found herself opening for acts such as Okkervil River and Au Revoir Simone, securing her spot at major festivals, including SXSW and New York’s CMJ Festival. She caught the attention of NPR, who featured her on their popular All Songs Considered blog. Last month Ottosen was featured on their Tiny Desk Concert series.
During the quick, three-song set, Ottosen’s personality shines, adding to the charm of her already-whimsical keyboard melodies. Her vocals are light, floating effortlessly over her eerie, quiet synth. Before she launches into the second song, Ottosen records a sample of her voice into her keyboard, explaining that she can literally play with her voice in this way. As if this quirky use of instrumentation wasn’t enough to win you over, the performance reveals the soft side of Ottosen. With an air of childlike innocence, she mentions that she feels miserable in airports. She combats the melancholia with songwriting—the aptly-titled Going Home is a vocal scrapbook of the things she misses the most while she travels. You can almost see the petite singer tapping her feet together, hunched over in gray Newark airport as she put the soft melody together in her head.
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has featured a range of artists from They Might Be Giants to Noah And The Whale. These intimate performances serve as a great introduction to lesser known bands, but they also serve the purpose of becoming reacquainted with acts that have been around for a while.