Good news! Kate Boy have finally released an EP! Bad news! All but one track is old (almost two and a half years old in the case of Northern Lights). Seeing as we were expecting a full album round about now, it makes us a little anxious that something has gone wrong somewhere in camp Kate Boy. Alongside new cut Higher, this EP gathers all their releases to date, with the exception of In Your Eyes. So if you’re new to Kate Boy then this is a brilliant introduction to an exciting act. But if you’ve been around since November 2012 then you can’t help but a feel little exasperated.
Anyway, what of Higher? It’s been a live favourite of the band for a while, and it slots neatly into Kate Boy’s oeuvre of songs that sound a bit like The Knife, but for us it’s not one of their more thrilling tracks, and in fact when we’ve seen them live there have been other new tracks which we’ve preferred to this. It has a nice message about human equality, but it’s not exactly subtle: “We are equal, we are equal, we are equal”. We’re being a bit tough on it and it’s by no means a disaster, but we’re ready for something else from the band now. Make your own minds up below.