Kathleen Haskard's Website'
Kathleen Haskard's Website
Kathleen Haskard's Website

Press

“Recently seen on these shores with Darden Smith, Kathleen Haskard has one of those come hither voices that could move the dead. Produced by Chuck Prophet (who also plays guitar), “Where The Land Meets The Sky” is a slinky noir set that slithers out of the speakers with sinuous grace. Get beyond the sound though and there’s some real darkness here. The sparse and sinister “Please Delete Me” is a brutal breakup song for the internet age while the stately pavane of “Drama In The Dark” conceals some bitter insights and bile.

Throughout there’s a cinematic feel to the music, a mean streets, Bogart, hard-bitten-ness that builds in layers and layers to create an almost stifling landscape. Things are lightened by the likes of the up-tempo “All Your Glory” and the almost jaunty tune of “Mother of Earth” but in the main, this is a fairly intense but enjoyable listen.”

Jeremy Searle – Americana UK

“Kathleen Haskard’s new album Don’t Tell is a prowling/pounding melange of delicately carnal, driven, in the moment songs, carved from the inside looking out and delivered from the outside glaring straight into your eyeballs. These two men have produced an album of casual brilliance, letting the songs rise in the swirling swell of 21st century uncertainty. Kathleen`s lyrics have deep connections with the latent sexual and emotional paradoxes all around us. She is blessed with the lateral insight to pluck the beauty out of the brackish backwash. Relationship dynamics are turned inside out and laid naked in the street. Haskard’s songs are roaring, yet fragile, strong, and with feeling. Prophet and Alpin have woken the guilty preacher, smoked his last cigarette and served him up a condemned mans breakfast whilst Kathleen`s songs challenge his congregation.”

Paul Hawkins – The Brink

“Haskard has a resume that confirms her craft and her politics. She’s written tunes with Lowen & Navarro and Stacey Earle and sung in the choir on Neil Young’s “Living With War”. The deliciously deep-voiced troubadour is about to release “Don’t Tell”, a moody collection of Americana produced by Chuck Prophet and Simon Alpin. At her best, she recalls KD Lang.”

Jon Bream – Minneapolis Star Tribune

“differently beautiful, her voice, phrasing & song structure dangle between the Americana of Lucinda Williams and the punkrock of Patti Smith. Don’t Tell is a successful roots album with a hard, sound message….a plate which everyone must have in their plate cupboard”

ROOTSTIME Dutch/Belgian Webzine

“Having first encountered Kathleen Haskard many moons ago at a fantastic open mic night under a Turkish restaurant in Battersea, years later I am given the task to review her second album. There surrounded by some other great performers ie The Big Shave, Haskard would come up with a song that would resonate around my head until the following week. Thankfully, given those memories, Don’t Tell doesn’t disappoint. Produced knowingly and lovingly by Chuck Prophet who unleashes his telecaster to great effect throughout. Don’t Tell is essentially a battle between heart and mind, a personal voyage down the thoroughfares of love whilst trying to avoid life’s one way streets and emotional cul-de-sacs. A voice that is warm and rounded Haskard is not one to holding back when delivering lines full of grit and purpose. There is honesty about Haskard that is endearing. Like her this is a record that comes across bold and brash at times but scrape away a little and you unearth a fragile heart of gold”

Del Day – Americana UK

“Her calling-card is sure laid out in an attention-grabbing way by the opening cut, Second Star, a beautifully mysterious guitar-drenched slice of pure moody Americana. Thereafter, there’s an edgy alt-type restlessness, a sense of subliminal tension almost, that underlies both Kathleen’s writing and the moving-between-musical-genres gambit of the rest of the disc. Kathleen’s latest claim to fame was as a singer in the choir on Neil Young’s Living With War. But Kathleen’s got so much individual to offer in her own right if Don’t Tell is anything to go by. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this intriguing mix of styles that’s all bound together by Kathleen’s gorgeous, full-breathed, deep-toned voice.”

David Kidman – Net Rhythms

“Talented singer-songwriter produces superb release, covering many different styles influenced by growing up and living alongside the sun-drenched beaches of California.Any project that Simon Alpin and Chuck Prophet are involved with has always got a good head start and this second release from Kathleen Haskard really is superb. Dark and mysterious, Kathleen describes her music as folk-rock noire. I just love it when the first track on any album grabs your attention and with Second Star Kathleen hits the nail right on the head. Kathleen is a fourth generation Californian and splits her time between living in London and the Santa Monica mountains. This really is an album of many different musical styles encompassing rock, folk, country and blues, but all having an alternative edge. If you fancy trying something a little different from the norm this comes highly recommend.”

JHS – Maverick