Berkshire singer-songwriter, Manpreet Kundi, is back with the new, moody single “lipstick kisses”. Channeling some melancholy dream pop vibes, her breathy vocals hang drearily against an ethereal backdrop of synthesizers and gentle guitar.
“I wrote ‘lipstick kisses’ on the guitar, sitting in bed alone one night a few years ago” says, Kundi. “Symbolic of the last time we ever kissed, the song was inspired by intimate details and excruciatingly mixed signals of an April night spent with someone I couldn’t afford to lose.”
The depressing vibrations of this song take their weary time allowing for listeners to feel its heaviness like a weighted blanket. Even amidst the sadness, there is a strange comfort in the way the song feels like it can carry burdens, or at least wrap them up and compress them in a big, long hug.
The hopeless romantic in Kundi is clearly here to stay as she admits to being “obsessed with writing sad songs for you to romanticize and cry to”. It makes sense that most of her songs are written with her at the piano – with each tender hit of the keys, the day-dreaminess of it all swells in imaginative ways. So if you’re in need of a good cry, or even just an opportunity to sit and feel your feelings, this is easy listening that is perfect for a rainy day of solitude.
“lipstick kisses” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and can be found on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on Spotify.
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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