Soundcheck: Montebello

by Katie Moore, BA’98

Patrick Watson, Socalled and Plants and Animals are among the prominent Montreal musical acts that have recruited Katie Moore for their own albums, confident that her rich, earthy vocals will add just the right je ne sais quoi to their releases.

With Montebello (funded, in part, through donations from her fans), Moore gets her pals to return the favour—Plants and Animals’ Warren Spicer produces the album, while members of that band, as well as Socalled and Chilly Gonzales, contribute to the CD.

The main attraction, though, is undeniably Moore’s warm, textured voice. That voice has drawn favourable comparisons to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, and it fuels the soulful songs on this album, including a lovely cover of Anna McGarrigle’s classic “Heart Like a Wheel.”

Daniel McCabe, BA’89