That is a banjo on her knee, and a heart worn on her sleeve.
On Kaia Kater's riveting new album, Nine Pin, the young Toronto folk artist summons the musical gods of Appalachia while slowly crooning on significant modern concerns.
"Arise," she moans on Rising Down, touching on Black Lives Matter, "to fight these dogs biting at my heels." Her voice is rich, mesmerizing and important, whether lamenting about fallen urban paradises or love in a high-tech age.
On Sunday afternoon, Kater comes down from the mountain just long enough for an album release show at Burdock Music Hall. After that, she's headed up.