Kate Miller-heidke

"O Vertigo!"

(Independent); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Funded by her fans through PledgeMusic in just three days, Kate Miller-Heidke sees herself spinning off in an invigorating new direction as she breaks away from her major label and thus frees herself artistically to really just let herself go.

Which you hear in the first few bars of the opening track, Offer It Up, where she pulls out all the stops with her vocal acrobatics, creating a spider web of vocal sounds that possess a playful virtuosity which is quite irresistible.

Something the listener can easily marvel at. And this album is so rich with eclectic, electric delights that the marvels just keep on coming.

The general tone is undeniably celebratory, rejoicing quite simply in her astounding natural talent and childlike keenness to throw things into the air just to see what shapes they make, while keeping grip of the slippery magic of listenable melody that keeps the listener engaged.

Highlights are everywhere, from the romantic Share Your Air to the dramatic Yours Was The Body and the inspired duet with Megan Washington, Ghost.

O Vertigo! Is an album that is incandescent with charm, with enough rampant hurdling of vocal boundaries to continually astound and tantalisingly prick the dullest of taste buds.

A fascinating delight to be charmed by.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.