By Jaci Jedrych
Some songs have a unique way of capturing moments. Locking eyes with a stranger across the bar, late at night, drink in hand, warm yet detached, comfortable yet uncomfortable, timeless and current– this moment is summed up Kathryn Wilson’s newest single “Spark.”
D.C.-based Kathryn Wilson has released three singles to date. Her discography thus far evokes rich and deep feelings, love, loss, and tenderness. “Spark” explores these same feelings, but she detaches from turbulence.
“It takes on the narrative of an on-again off-again relationship and its ups and downs but removes the seriousness of it. ‘You can be so mean’ is sung as more of a neutral reality than the negative value statement it actually is,” she explains.
“Likewise, in the bridge where I sing, ‘I’ll just keep waiting for the sky to turn blue/but that’s like waiting and waiting for you/I wish I had something better to do…’ I immediately follow with an admission that I’ll probably keep going with the relationship anyway, despite its pitfalls, and that’s okay, that’s life,” Wilson adds.
Apart from the lyrical complexities, Wilson’s technical skills are outstanding. Her vocals glide like butter across the track, enhancing the richness and flavor of the song. The drums, by Jackson Price, give the tune a jazzy feeling.
Fans of Norah Jones or Madeleine Peyroux should listen to Kathryn Wilson’s music. The thoughtfulness of the lyrics, along with the warmth of her voice, make the track one not to miss.
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Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
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