Katia Oray

Born to sing folk-rock

New album, Feminine karma

 

Her smooth voice is heard on bohemian melodies with engaged texts tainted with poetry. Her extraordinary sensitivity rides electric and acoustic guitars.

To Katia, writing a song is an unconscious « act of flesh » that must come from her childhood when her mother Mireille CHANTE used to hum a tune at the foot of her cradle.

This is the expression of a relentless thirst for freedom, the speech of an independent loving woman of the 21st century who is also trapped by her condition and conditionings, and an alchemical practice summarizing her opposite sides because this buddhist practitioner is undoubtedly a sensual women/pleasure seeker, a Nathanael. Katia has indeed written a song entitled « Messe intime » explicitly mixing spirituality and sexuality, recurrent themes in her discography.

 

Although a sensual dreamer, she joyfully sabotages conventions and concepts.   She has been a fan of Hubert Felix Thiefaine who asked her to play during the first part of his 2006 concert and of David Gilmour from whom she likes to create strange atmospheres and unusual arrangements : saturated rhythm guitar lines, overlapping vocals, taunt violin strings… In 2012, she co-wrote « Manifeste » with Claude Lemesle, a famous french songwriter.

 

We can feel that her songs build up slowly in her and flow out from her experiences in a flash, almost fallen from the sky. Has she really got other options but to write them down ?

She is an artist we like to see live playing the guitar and spinning in her 70s dresses to bring us into psychedelic , jazz, folk and rock countries. These successful mixtures are her sources of inspiration. 

The dream of a better world is present in the songs of this talented singer who is also a law graduate.

Discographie :    Feminine karma (LP), 2014

                       Genuine (LP), 2012

                       En quelques hommes (EP), 2003

                       

Feminine karma, folk-electrics wanderings

 

"Feminine Karma" is the life cycle of a woman who loves passionately and aspires to a better world whether inside or out. Difficult setting distance from the ego and the emotional for more serenity ("Je renonce "), or an alchemical practice ("Lalala"), the new opus of Katia Oray is a score of love led by sizzling guitars where desire is transformed into wisdom and where femininity is a symbol of strength.

Coryphaeus with an enchanting voice, the singer weaves a beautiful electric folk canvas between her and her listener. His singular timbre invites us to an ascensional journey through words and musical harmonies judiciously composed. By subtle mixing of genres, Katia Oray fetches the flame that burns in each of us, like the surprising "water", piece that teases hindu rhythms with delight. From "Le rouge et les étoiles" ("the red and the stars"), psychedelic song where the artist questions the universe to "Laisse toi aimer", an invitation to abandon, Katia traces the path of a contemporary woman in questioning, torn between her desires and her spirituality, in a violent society where it is not easy to find her place to be human.

Fortunately, there is a friendship that pampers in "Sorore", title ambiance-folk in the way of the Mazzy Star ("Sorore, you saved me").

We end in tenderness and nostalgia on a swing at the seaside. Normal for a girl born in the south of France and who lives in Paris.

Let's swing with her, the hair in the wind and "feminine karma" in the ears.

For sale on www.katiaoray.com and on all the streaming platform

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