AOTY 2021

Cool Dry Place

Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #143 / 671
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2021 Ratings: #364
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The Line of Best Fit

After a long road to fruition, Cool Dry Place arrives fully realised, endlessly clever, and refreshingly novel.

Consequence of Sound

As a debut release, Cool Dry Place is remarkable. Katy Kirby has crafted a series of captivating indie rock-pop tracks, all centered around a voice with clarity reminiscent of Sylvan Esso or Haley Heynderickx, but swift and whimsical movements that feel all Kirby’s own.


It has taken years to create this album, but each song is perfectly realised.


It’s a collection of beautifully Phoebe Bridgers-esque songs that make you feel like you are the main character in a film. On the surface it’s upbeat, but underneath tells deep-rooted tales of life in the modern world.


Throughout, the star of the debut remains Kirby's inviting voice and hummable melodies, and, at less than 30 minutes, Cool Dry Place will leave many fans of the singer/songwriter tradition eager for more.

Northern Transmissions

Cool Dry Place delivers a package of emotions waiting to be untangled by each individual listener.

Beats Per Minute

Clocking in under 30 minutes with only nine tracks, Cool Dry Place is a lovely breeze of a listen, and truthfully, a nearly flawless record. Except for a couple of moments of autotune and lo-fi weirdness, Kirby generally plays it safe, musically, which leaves one wanting a tiny bit more from a talent like herself


In contrast with much of today’s folky indie-pop, which rests on the melancholy sway of dream pop, Cool Dry Place is unexpectedly groovy, with hooks and rhythms worming their way into hearts and minds in more ways than one.

FLOOD Magazine

Cool Dry Place feels special because Kirby conveys the magic of discovery.

Her voice is as clear as her intentions. This album does not pretend something that it's not. Chill, self-aware production and lyrics.
Indie-rock-pop de pura cepa eso es lo que Cool Dry Place es. El esfuerzo que tuvo que llevar a cuestas la texana Katy Kirby tuvo sus frutos este 2021, y de qué manera; si tan sólo la mitad del material comercial que tenemos allá afuera tuviese la mitad del espíritu que el disco de Kirby tiene, la industria sería otra cosa, menos apariencia y más esencia. Por momentos me hace pensar que estoy frente un unplugged, ojalá llegue a ese formato sin ... read more
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I like this one quite a bit. It’s a serotonin inducing well made indie pop record
I see the word ‘pleasant’ thrown around as a sort of backhanded compliment towards music a lot, but I would say it applies to Cool Dry Place in the best way. Kirby’s voice and gentle guitar melodies become a soothing springtime breeze that wraps itself around you instead of merely passing by. The perfect chill spring/summer album.
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Added on: November 19, 2020