Introducing: Katie Mac

Katie MacWe've handpicked Katie Mac from the line-up of Liverpool's Sound City 2018, drawn in by her joyous energy and full-on alternative rock sound. The Liverpudlian has branched out from her solo singer-songwriter work with the addition of five musicians to her line up, developing a vibrant style, rich in different guitar textures, piano and percussion.

Retaining her core musical identity within this broader sound, she has a distinctive and mature voice - her main songwriting influences include Laura Marling and Kate Bush, though her vocals sound very little like either. There's a touch of Neutral Milk Hotel in tracks like "Eye to Eye" and "Into the Wild", while "Take Me Dancing" is darker and more brooding as she really pushes the powerful side of her voice. Her storytelling lyricism and unique musical style have garnered her well-earned support from various tastemakers within BBC Introducing, notably Dave Monks in her Merseyside stomping ground.

Amidst a stream of festival dates, including Middlewich Fab Festival and Loud + Local in Chester, she'll release her debut EP sometime this year, produced by Sam Duckworth of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and funded by the Merseyside Arts Foundation.

"Into the Wild", her most recent single before the explosive "Gold", which is available to stream below, is a glorious song about her quitting her job and throwing herself fearlessly into the world of music, just as Emile Hirsch's Christopher McCandless hurled himself head first into the Alaskan wilderness in the 2007 film of the same name. The sense of reckless endeavour echoes throughout Mac's back catalogue and makes for a promising career.

Listen to new single "Gold" below and find out more about Katie Mac on Facebook:

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