Listen to Kisskadee’s “Ursula” via For The Rabbits; Black Hole Era is out 5/6 via Anxiety Blanket Records
Black Hole Era is due May 6th via Anxiety Blanket Records
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“a slippery chamber-pop gem” – The FADER
“Kisskadee pulls together progressive-rock (the Canterbury school to be precise), astronomy, chamber-pop, computer sound manipulation and faith in resurrection” – The New York Times
Today Kisskadee is sharing “Ursula,” the third & final single from her forthcoming LP. Check out the premiere via For The Rabbits HERE. Black Hole Era is due May 6th via Anxiety Blanket Records. Pre-order the LP HERE. In case you missed them, check out Kisskadee’s previous singles “Black Hole Era” & “Brother“
Kasie gave some words regarding the single:
“‘Ursula,’ the first full song on the record, unveils the chronological concept of my first full-length LP Black Hole Era which is the gradual separation from motherly love as the record moves from childhood to adulthood. “Ursula” details the first separation of child from mother- the dissonant chords under playful lyrics recall the feeling of getting separated from one’s mom at the Chuck E. Cheese, lost in a haze of games and strangers. The child wanders in a sea of people filled with terror, but over the years comes to expect busy isolation as life per usual. The song alludes to numerous childhood favorites, like ‘The Little Prince’ and ‘The Little Mermaid,’ singing of beloved roses on foreign planets, and singing your voice away for a man.
As an adult, searching for love and belonging has been riddled with trauma and self-sacrifice. The song parodies the idiocy of the little mermaid giving her voice to Ursula so she can walk on land and be with a man. I’m really making fun of myself and the compulsion to give up all aspects of myself, to make up for that initial loss of familial love in the search for a partner. This includes the expectation of childish love like in The Little Prince, where one is forever responsible for their rose. I face contemporary isolation but can’t seem to stop asserting the idea of unconditional love in adult relationships. Ursula, lyrically and musically, might be the strangest song on the record and foreshadows the narrative of the entire album.
Kisskadee is the maximalist project of multi-instrumentalist Kasie Shahbaz. Her orchestral arrangements and strange time signatures are a breaking away from traditional songwriting limitations, while also maintaining a lyrical, folk like sensibility. Elements of psychedelia and ambient chaos litter the record, while detailed imagery ground the chaos with vivid detail.
Black Hole Era uses the birth and death of the universe as a chronological allegory for childhood through adulthood. The record tracks our expanding circle of relationships as we age; first with mother, then with siblings, then with lovers. However, like the cosmos, as this circle expands, it is also dying. The record stands witness to the loss of childlike safety and the lonely longing of adulthood.
press photo credit: Marlon Mara-LeNoble (@marlonlenoble)
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