Kate Boy - Self Control
I was fine with this new release — it’s that familiar icy sound, the same vocal affect from Kate Akhurst, the same ruminations on human potential — but then the second half of the chorus came around: “Self! Control! Self! Control!” and I fell in love. Where the term is often discussed in negative lights (i.e. wishing one had self-control to refrain from alcohol or chocolate covered raisins), Kate Boy flips it to be a powerful expression of individualism. A line like, “don’t let nobody take control” would sound weak, but when delivered with Akhurst’s roaring vocal and the thumping beats, it’s life-affirming.