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Kate Vargas

  • For the Wolfish and Wandering [Kate Vargas, 2018] ***
  • Rumpumpo [Bandaloop, 2021] **

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For the Wolfish and Wandering [Kate Vargas, 2018]
Her "Americana singer-songwriter" slot barely hints at her yipping growl, quirky phrasing, erotic substratum, or metaphorical range, but it may suggest why it never adds up to enough ("Roll Around," "7 Inches") ***

Rumpumpo [Bandaloop, 2021]
New Mexico-bred, Brooklyn-based Berklee flute grad considers her spiritual options in a dissolutely gritty soprano and invites us to the party where she plans to nail them to the wall ("Rumpumpo," "Church of the Misdirection") **