Here’s a video that showed up in my YouTube subscriptions stream, and now I can’t stop playing it: “Heart in Chains,” by Kate Voegele, from her latest album Gravity Happens.

It may not be a groundbreaking pop song, but it has some very sturdy hooks, nice changes of intensity, and some catchy phrases. The melody of the opening lines sounds familiar, but I can’t place it. The chorus has the rush of a roller coaster, or singing into a fan. This is a track expertly crafted for heavy rotation on drive-time radio. Repeated listens pull you in.

As for the visuals, she’s a beautiful girl and the revealing of her knees is intriguing. Outside of the Land O’ Lakes Indian maiden, knees are generally underutilized. Sadly, though, Kate’s knees appear to be injured.

The blue butterfly gets me — mostly because I once had a dream in which a blue butterfly the size of a dinner plate walked on the back of my neck for an excruciatingly long time. The cut-out valentines tantalize too: “I still know which records are mine” and “Mom would like you.” Are these her words? Someone else’s?

I first heard of Kate Voegele when her account friended my account back in the days of MySpace, so I gave her a listen. Apparently she is also known for her role on One Tree Hill, but I’ve never seen One Tree Hill, so I’m clueless there.

The performance that really grabbed me was her cover of one of everyone’s favorite songs, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which also came out of One Tree Hill. It’s a clean, lightly adorned rendition, released on her album Don’t Look Away.

Kate Voegele’s current tour brings her to Chicago’s Park West for an all ages show on Monday, October 24.

Right now, though, I’m gonna play that song again.

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