Haysi Fantayzee's Kate Garner At Work On New Music and New Sound

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Kate Garner, whose artistic career has encompassed the realms of music, photography, fashion, and high art, is encouraging fan input and support as she returns to the studio. Two demos -"Lucifer" and "Sideways of Red" have been produced and will be issued through Garner's own imprint on One Little Indian Records.

'Shiny, Shiny' may have been the name of Kate Garner's outstanding hit in 1983, when she and star DJ Jeremy Healy fronted the iconoclastic Haysi Fantayzee, but it is also an adage applicable to the fantastic 25 year odyssey she has undergone since those seminal days of electro-ragamuffin glamour. During that time, she's travelled the world as a celebrated photographer and fine artist. Now she's back in London with her most outrageous and alluring assets as strong as ever: garish fashions, thin figure, and signature voice.

And, yes, in tow are demos for 'Lucifer/Sideways of Red', her first single since collaborating with William Orbit for 1984s 'Love Me Like a Rocket'. Smacking of hillbilly and dance and something ethereal besides, 'Lucifer' will be issued through her own imprint, iDOt, on One Little Indian, home of Björk, with whom Garner has collaborated on stunning images.

This is a sublime outing which will please fans of Haysi's slapstick enthusiasm and appeal to today's genre-mashing music lovers. Garner's hoarse-pretty vocals have improved since Bowie producer Tony Visconti, who produced the Haysi hit 'John Wayne is Big Leggy', called the group the most exciting phenomenon since the Thin White Duke. But Garner is now also a featured instrumentalist: over the years she has mastered the ukulele and developed a quirky playing method that is the musical equivalent of her outrageous personal style. The latter aesthetic made her an inspiration to fashion icons such as Boy George, who once copied her image, and John Galliano, who hung pictures of her on his studio wall.

Although the past quarter-century has had its dark periods, such as a marriage to Parliament Funkadelic's Walter Junie Morrison, it has also had immensely shiny eras, which include a recent gala Sony-sponsored retrospective of Garner's imagery in London. When asked to describe the surreal, flamboyant imagery in her current fine art collection, Garner states, "It depicts the humour, joy and beauty of what people mistakenly call 'dark' so I call it 'Jolly Darkness'."

Such a maxim can equally be assigned to her unapologetic and Miltonic new song 'Lucifer', whose chorus declares, "Lucifer, you're my kind of guy."

Inspired by Haysi fan Patrick Wolf, who recently solicited 100k from his fan base to record his new record, Kate is going with the modern and artist-emancipated method of issuing music. She's giving her fans the chance to play music executive - trade cash for credit and points and be active in the public release of 'Lucifer/Sideways of Red'.

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