When songwriter Katie Bennett decided to retire Free Cake For Every Creature back in 2019, it was never intended to signal an ending. It was instead, she tells me during our recent phone conversation, a movie toward intention, a way to close the door on one part of her creative life in hopes of opening the nearest window. The years since that announcement, tumultuous ones to be sure, have seen Bennett explore the role music and creativity play in her life. She continued to make music but also scratched the itch to expand her writing, tackling longform nonfiction as well. This time also saw her leave Philly for a time, only to return with a deeper commitment toward art and the prominent role she wished it to have in her life.
The result is a new album with a brand new, if deceivingly simple, moniker; The Woman In The Moon, released under the name Katie Bejsiuk – a nod toward her family’s original Ukrainian surname. Coming out a few weeks back on Double Double Whammy Records, it’s a record that remains as sticky and sweet as the most accomplished songs of Bennett’s career. That being said, there’s a weathered, late-night quality here, a perspective that shifts subtly but meaningfully. Where Free Cake songs would grab moments and hold tight, Katie Bejsuik is now embracing the fleeting nature of everything while acknowledging and exploring the long, complicated impression those moments leave behind.
“The progression of the album is loosely linear,” says Bennett of The Woman In The Moon’s structure. “There’s birth, childhood years, teen years, then later me as an adult.” You can read the entirety of our conversation below and see her at The Woman In The Moon release show this Tuesday, July 19 at Johnny Brenda’s; more information can be found at the WXPN Concerts and Events page.