New York newcomer Sarah Kinsley has shared a brand new track, and details of a new EP.
‘Over + Under’ follows up on previous single ‘Karma’, and serves as another preview of the forthcoming ‘The King’ EP, which is set for release on 4th June via Everybody’s Music.
Speaking about ‘Over + Under’, Sarah explains: “Over + Under is a record about the only thing we know to be constant – the ebb and flow. In the midst of isolation and lockdown, I felt so stuck inside, surrounded by the same four walls and windows. I began to write, recording this feeling of being over and under in my journals. In the lyrics, I wrote of escaping to a crashing tide, chasing the clouds and searching for stability once more. I was lost in a place I knew so well and yet felt so far away from.
“Out of this frustration I found myself one morning staring at my door. A glass cup. A trunk on the floor. My table. I began to knock against these different objects, suddenly creating sound with the same things that had made me feel so stuck. There was an entirely new sonic atmosphere literally in my hands, evolving into its own music. There was so much more meaning in the mundane. The world around and beyond my window was breathing with me, telling me that things must change. Just like the tree in my backyard, I would be something new tomorrow.”
A five-track EP, ‘The King’ is entirely written, performed and produced by Sarah – with co-production on the closing track provided by Jake Aron (Claud, Snail Mail, Yumi Zouma).
“A week before I turned twenty, I made a list of things I promised myself to do before the eclipse of a new decade,” she explains. “To stay up to watch the sunrise, to dance in the rain barefoot, to confront my fear of death, to forgive someone from the past, and to write the song that would capture everything about what it meant to turn twenty. A tribute to youth. I found myself writing less about who I was, and more about who I dreamed of becoming. Someone powerful, loved, immersed in the world, and unafraid. In that evening in July, the pinnacle of it all came out. I want to be the king.
“Those beginning moments of The King fell so naturally out of my hands. An arpeggiated melody in octaves on the piano that drifted out of my fingers, playing faster and faster until the song exploded into a burst of moving drums, guitar and flying synths. This is what it sounded like to become The King. The production of the song was undeniably free and growing. And in the fall of 2020 I brought the song with me to New York to work with the great Jake Aron, where it transformed into something only even bigger, brighter and liberating as being The King could be. We experimented with synths, sounds and effects that embodied this reclamation of being free.”
You can check out new track ‘Over + Under’ below.