I was originally planning to do another Pop Explosion 2013 preview post today, but I liked this new KASHKA song too much to bury it in amongst 45 other soundcloud songs. KASHKA is the solo moniker of former Forest City Lovers-er Kat Burns, and Never Had It will be featured on her sophomore solo record Bound, which will be available on Nov. 5th.

I say solo, yet Kat has wisely, and no doubt organically, worked with a who’s who of the Toronto indie scene to make this new record. It’s produced by Leon Taheny (Rituals, Dusted) and features contributions from members of Bruce Peninsula, Bernice, the Bicycles, Ohbijou and Tokyo Police Club. Burns’ voice is still the star on Never Had It though; confident & compelling, but yet still understated, she seems perfectly at home over a background of sounds that seem to blend modern folk elements with retro electronic sounds. It’s great stuff, and you can see & hear Kat live during HPX on Friday, Oct. 25th at the Seahorse.