Richmond-based band, Keely Burn and The Tea Lights, are making moves with their new EP, Never Stuck In One Place.
Across the five tracks, Burn covers a vast amount of genre ground moving between the poppy funk grooves of “Mine” to the more traditional singer-songwriter tracks “Unsteady” and “No Moss On This Stone”. Having assembled a stellar ensemble of musicians around her, she says that “Working with a band has been super helpful for me,” Burn enthuses. “It helped streamline the recording process to have the same musicians play on every track of the EP, and I love how their additions have filled out my sound. Plus, I value how much closer we’ve become as friends now that we’re playing shows together.”
This newfound companionship carries both Burn and the album to new heights as they bring a flurry of emotionally incisive tracks to the public. But make no mistake, Burn also understands what the music needs to thrive: “One of the best lessons I learned from majoring in music performance was to connect to the text of what I’m singing,” she says, “and to sell the story. I liked the idea of showing different facets of myself, and seeing which one the listener connects with the most.”
At the end of the day, the collection of songs provides some soulful easy listening that remains engrossing with its calming vibes. Never Stuck In One Place is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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