Life during the lockdown and one finds oneself turning to the online world for community, support, and solace. The pandemic is a global phenomenon after all, and it would seem by the swell of blogs and posts on social media that millions of people the world over are doing the same. Social media explodes with information, disinformation, misinformation, distraction, and instruction.
One of the most shared posts by the online artistic community tells me ‘use the pandemic and the new reality to write that song, that novel, that screenplay you’ve always wanted to’ but this merely serves to impose a feeling of guilt -after all learning to adapt to the restrictions is difficult enough without the added pressure of trying to summon the muse and create new music.
What if I have no new ideas at my immediate disposal to inspire new tunes or fresh ideas to share with other musicians, let alone an audience?
This is the last post in a series of seven about this week’s featured artist Kris Angelis from Los Angeles. Apart from her debut album and two EPs, she has released quite a few singles in the past years. They are all very different, but nonetheless, typically Kris and worth a listen.
The single Bright Side is the upbeat, “making-lemonade-out-of-lemons,” empowerment collaboration by our featured artist Kris Angelis with Adrianne Gonzalez of the band The Rescues. With this partnership, Kris proves that she is in touch with more than just the melancholy side of her sound. She aims to lift spirits with her music, too.
Our featured artist Kris Angelis loves to perform live. Hence, in the past few years, she played on stages all over the US and Europe also. Thanks to her voice and personality, you will necessarily be touched by her performance.
After a period of rare releases, 2016 and 2017 has been very productive years for our featured artist Kris Angelis. And, as so often in arts, a heartbreak, as painful as it can be, can open new doors and release energy.
Our artist of the week Kris Angelis has a clear view what songwriting means to her: “There’s a Victor Hugo quote that expresses exactly how I feel about it: ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.’ That’s how songwriting has been for me.” And she indeed hasn’t been silent lately.
From time to time, you hear a song that is so perfect and commercially viable that you ask yourself, “how is this not a major record already?”. An excellent example of this is the music of Kris Angelis from Los Angeles, our first featured artist in February. She’s such a good storyteller and just too good to be overheard.
Not My Circus, the band of our Artist of the Week David Ernsberger, makes alt-pop songs with folk-tinged vocal harmonies skipping over a freak show of psych-blues riffs, soulful bass grooves, wonky funk beats and warm electronic textures. A white-knuckle ride to the edge of your musical map, and back again.