Indie Soul Artist Kitt To Release Sophomore Album, ‘State Of Mind’ (Out May 27 Via Nettwerk)
March 21, 2022 BY Penny Palmer
Kitt (formerly known as Katherine Penfold) is an indie soul artist in the midst of a creative rebirth. Drawing inspiration from contemporaries like Charlotte Day Wilson, Snoh Aalegra, and Jorja Smith, Kitt creates intimate and soulful music anchored by a deep sense of self-discovery.
Out today, Kitt shares “(I Would be) Grateful” from her forthcoming sophomore self-produced album State of Mind (out May 27 via Justin Time/Nettwerk). “When I started writing the album, I was heavily impacted by the world closing in. I was months into feeling like I was drowning, going through a divorce, the pandemic, my anxiety and depression running rampant – turning me into a bonafide workaholic so I wouldn’t feel too much. I could see my loved ones not knowing what to do with me anymore. One night, after a deep convo with a friend, the track ‘I’ll Be Alright’ came spilling out of me. There wasn’t a fix that anyone could give me; all I needed to hear was that I was going to be alright. Even if it was me telling myself that, that was the opening I needed to write this album.”
In 2019, Kitt released her full-length debut Sweetest Thing under the Penfold name, introducing her “as a dynamic performer and an artist to watch moving forward” [EARMILK]. At the end of last year, Kitt released Within You, a 6-track personal project that chronicles the end of her marriage and, more importantly, her path forward. Having always been Kitt to close friends, she wanted her music persona to reflect a similar level of vulnerability and intimacy. “As much as I appreciate my given name, walking on-stage to sing my originals – the authentic sound I want to bring to listeners – it never felt like a match,” she says. Adding, “through the massive life shifts and realizations of the last two years, I felt ready to present Kitt to everyone. I never imagined how good it would feel.”
Aside from music, she is the creative director for Sandstone Studios in Vancouver, conceptualizing and directing videos for independent musicians.
- State of Mind
- I Don’t Miss You (feat Teon Gibbs)
- I’ll Be Alright
- Within You
- Find Someone Like You
- Sweet Lip