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Kaye Celebrates New Album on Thursday Night at Mercury Lounge

August 16th, 2016

Charlene Kaye was musical at a young age, learning to play the piano, guitar, violin, ukulele, clarinet and saxophone as a kid. She began writing her own music while still in high school, and two years ago, Kaye (above, the video for “Honey”) joined the Brooklyn baroque-pop outfit San Fermin on tour. But she’s also recorded solo material, including 2012’s Animal Love (stream it below), which PopMatters enthusiastically reviewed: “A classically trained musician, Kaye excels in a diverse brand of pop; throughout Animal Love, she goes from radio-friendly fare to a cappella to blues, all without sounding like she’s forcing it…. While Animal Love may not be a game-changing pop record, it’s an especially good one, and unlike the musicians who keep topping the Billboard charts nowadays, it’s got class to match its eccentricities.” And now going by just her last name, Kaye, the singer-songwriter has a new EP, Honey, arriving on Friday, and she celebrates its release at Mercury Lounge on Thursday night. Air Traffic Controller—a Boston five-piece—open the show.