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Transformations and Community in Kuri’s Latest Album “I Love You, You’re Welcome”

Indie electronica musician, Scott Currie (also known as Kuri), has returned to tackle themes of transformation with his latest album I Love You, You’re Welcome. Written and produced during the pandemic, he called upon a few friends to help him fill out the sound space with backing vocals to help offset the reigning feelings of isolation.

“I missed singing songs with people,” says Currie, who has assembled a quartet to perform the new material live. After too much time with his own thoughts, he decided, “I want to create songs that are meant to be sung communally.”

With tinges of Bon Iver The National, and Brian Eno scattered throughout the album, it’s a collection of song that are all deeply introspective. Through expansive, echoing soundscapes, he wanders with a calming tone in a voice that could pass for a lullaby. Inside of that dream-like state, he grapples with “fearing transformation, fighting transformation, accepting transformation, and embracing transformation. He states that “I was writing these songs to a past self, realizing that I’ve been living in a way that is hidden and not fully authentic or fulfilling. It’s not all nice transitions. Sometimes it’s looking at unhealthy things.”

When it comes to the title, irony abounded as Kuri toyed with the phrasing while the world changed before his eyes.  “I Love You, You’re Welcome was the title before I wrote a single piece of music,” he says. “It was initially meant to be a funny jab at how we often subconsciously expect praise in return for something that should be given freely. But during the pandemic, I started relating to the phrase very differently. I was writing these songs almost as a farewell to a past self. The change in me came from a place of love for my former self, and so the title transformed into meaning, ‘I love us and where we’ve been, but it’s time for us to step into something new.”

I Love You, You’re Welcome is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Find opening track “Collider” and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

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.

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