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Katie Toupin

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2:30 AM

The solo debut from Katie Toupin, Magnetic Moves takes its title from its spellbinding opening track, a song thats quietly defiant in its bending of reality. Its about being bold and being brave, and using your magnetism to create the world you want to live in, says the L.A.-based singer/songwriter. The whole album came from a place of wanting to be completely direct, in a way I never felt I could before. I think its important to let yourself show your heart like that.In the spirit of self-reliance, Toupin took the reins in producing Magnetic Moves, her first full-length since leaving acclaimed alt-country band Houndmouth in 2016. Although shed originally cut several songs with other producers, an impromptu recording session during a stop in Austin on her 2018 house tour inspired her to strike out on her own. Every time Id tried working with other people, it never turned out in a way that felt right to me, she says. And then when I finally tried producing by myself, it felt so easyI realized I knew exactly what I wanted everything to sound like; I just needed the confidence to actually do it.Mixed by Steve Christensen (a Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Steve Earle), Magnetic Moves came to life in two marathon sessions at The Finishing School in Austin. With multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis and percussionist Josh Blue accompanying Toupin, the album unfolds in a dreamy pastiche of soul and pop and brightly jangly 70s rock, a sound thats lavishly detailed but fantastically fluid. And in her unfussy yet radiant vocal performance, Toupin channels both self-possession and raw vulnerability, fully inhabiting each state of being.Throughout Magnetic Moves, Toupin speaks to the power in embracing messy feelings like regret and obsession and, in the case of the wildly anthemic Run to You, falling for someone whos all wrong for your heart. On Real Love, the sigh of Daviss slide guitar amps up the torchy intensity of Toupins vocals, its lyrics capturing the hurt that sometimes follows loving without reserve. In relationships it can be difficult to know whether to give up or try harder, she says. I think most people give up a little too quickly these days, so I wanted to write about allowing yourself to have that passion. And on The Hills Are Calling, Magnetic Moves slips into delicate psychedelia as Toupin contemplates a rarely examined aspect of romantic infidelity. Its so easy to be unempathetic toward the person whos fallen in love with someone else, we forget that theres a lot of pain on that side of the equation too, she notes.As the first track that Toupin self-produced for Magnetic Moves, The Hills Are Calling also reveals the playful creativity behind her sonic approach. That one came together in a very piece-by-piece way, says Toupin, pointing to the picked-cello part performed by Portland-based musician Alexis Mahler as the songs initial driving force. We kept piling on all these different piecesthe kick drum and tambourine and cymbal swells and snapsand filling up the space very intricately. Its not how youd usually do things in the studio, but it all felt so natural.As Magnetic Moves endlessly warps genres and shifts tones, Toupin taps into the soulful musicality she first discovered as a teenager in Southern Indiana. Throughout high school I was sort of troubled and dealt with some health problems, and I ended up graduating early and going to college for about a nanosecond, she says. But at age 18, Toupin felt suddenly compelled to make musica prospect wholly encouraged by her father, an accomplished blues guitarist. I went to my dad one day and said, Can you just teach me music instead of me going to school? And right away he said, Absolutely, she remembers. Along with taking opera-singing lessons, Toupin learned to play guitar from her father and immersed herself in a self-directed study of songcraft. I started dissecting what other artists and artists were actually doing in their phrasing and in their

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