Kate Dressed Up Reveals New Layers On Latest Single “How Could I Have Known”

Review by Kenny Bieber

May 8, 2021

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Photo Credit: Diane DiMemmo

Local Philly based indie-folk rising talent Kate Dressed Up has returned with yet another compelling and deeply personal single “How Could I Have Known.” The track switches gears to a more introspective and nuanced perspective with singer-songwriter Kate Miller exploring the beginnings of a personal relationship and acceptance of one’s own sexuality with sincerity, honesty and intimacy. The storytelling here reveals added layers to KDU’s already notable song craft and the production here is some of their most organic and exuberant yet with an upbeat indie-folk arrangement style that perfectly complements the vocals and lyricism.

For most artists, confessional tracks can either come off cathartic and revealing or overly maudlin, but  “How Could I Have Known” strikes just the right chord between affirmation and insight; and thematically benefits from it’s hopeful and organic approach. It also benefits from containing one of KDU’s most refreshing and joyous performances so far. As a track, “How Could I Have Known” serves as yet another accomplished and musically rich showcase for KDU’s sophisticated talents and further proof of their significant artistic progression.


Kate Dressed Up is sure to be releasing more music in the future and (fingers crossed!) performing when it’s safe. In the meantime, be sure to follow KDU on all social media and streaming platforms!

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Kenny Bieber is a local music journalist and photographer who also highly values a good pun, quality milkshake and swears he doesn’t have too many records. He’s generally just happy to be here.


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