Label: Saddle Creek Records ‘Mother of My Children’, the debut album from Katherine Paul, packs personal desires, anger and identity into a collection of patient, deceptively simple indie rock songs. Intimacy might not be the first feeling you get from a rumbling, grungy guitar chord, but that’s what she conjures on the opening ‘Soft Stud’. She strums, painting a mood for over six minutes in a clever show of restraint. You pull in closer to hear her lyrics, which are fittingly about caution and urges in loving someone that’s already taken. She calls the song her “queer anthem”, about the hardships of queer desire within an open relationship, but the feeling of quiet longing she captures in those whispered lines could be felt by anyone. Mother Of My Children is a pulse check, and Katherine Paul needs to be considered one of the great new voices in melodic post-rock, a powerful female presence that will connect with fans of Feist or early Cat Power.Black Belt Eagle Scout have already carved a songwriting style uniquely theirs one album in, and their voice deserves attention for it.