Stereogum calls Kississippi a “band to watch,” but with a new EP coming out on 11/20, plenty of people are already watching. Zoë Allaire Reynolds and Colin James Kupson met through Tinder (probably the app's best success story) and began making music under the name Kississippi. On Facebook, they describe themselves as ‘popviolence.’
I was first introduced to Kississippi by “I Can Feel You In My Hair Still” and quickly became obsessed. With lyrics that are incredibly poetic and very very raw, and yet somehow still comforting, Kississippi feels like laying in bed with your head tucked under the comforter thinking about how things used to be.
We Have No Future, We're All Doomed is set to be released this Friday (11/20), but you can pre-order it now through Soft Speak Records.
I have had the opportunity to listen to it early, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It incorporates the same melodic/poetic vibe as their other work, just more mature and rounded.
The EP starts off slow, with the tracks “Unkempt Leather” and “This Song Used to be About You.” With tracks “Googly Eyes” and “Dogma,” Kississippi experiments with light electronica, making the songs more fast-paced, but keeping the same rhythm as the previous two tracks. “Indigo” and “Greyhound” finish the EP on a strong soft note, which was a brilliant move. “Indigo” reminds me of a softer, sadder Pity Sex and “Greyhound” uses this lovely lyrical repetition that fades out, leaving listeners ready for more.
Kupson and I spoke about the EP briefly:
What's it like getting so intimate with the public, allowing raw, emotional art to be released to the world?
I feel like the art exists in a vacuum and by the time the *public gets it,* the rawness of it is healed away. I've been told the most personal compulsions are also the most universal so it feels kinda easy to relate with an audience.
Can you tell me some of the people you listen to in order to draw inspiration?
I don't really know who we listen to to draw inspiration! We kind of like to write in a vacuum because it keeps things fresh, though I know personally I draw heavy inspiration from The Cure, Deafheaven, Full of Hell, and Cult Leader. The heaviness and beat manipulation is a powerful thing to draw from. Also, Jesu, Tears for Fears, Makthaverskan, and Death Cab for Cutie. Oh, and Chelsea Wolfe and Self Defense Family.
Finally, Kupson said:
We wanna make a record that isn't just good; one that kids who like, are BUMMED can cling to.
Of course, I’m a selfish listener and want the LP immediately, but I suppose if that’s my only complaint, Kississippi is doing something really amazing here. If you haven’t listened to Kississippi yet, check out their bandcamp and Facebook.
Note: Special thanks to Colin for giving me early access to the EP, all photos from Kississippi's Facebook, artwork by Lane Nelson and Zoë Allaire Reynolds.
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