Updated: Feb 18
Welcome all to 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘆’𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿, a series of weekly reviews by Charles Connolly - an artist in his own right. Here, Charles delves into the greatest brand new singles brought to you by the best unsigned artists on our electrifying and eclectic set of 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝘼𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩 𝙎𝙥𝙤𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 playlists.
𝙇𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙘𝙮 - 𝙆𝙞𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙮𝙣
Charles seems to have departed slumber on the other side, and leaves humour at the door…
A girl of many guises. A woman of many wonders. Kiirstin Marilyn is a vegan New Yorker with a meaty sound, in her brand new single, Legacy. Taken from her forthcoming album, ‘There Are No Cats in America’, Legacy is the lead single, and it had me in its grip within exactly two seconds. A difficult one to categorise, which with me is always a good thing. Dry, stripped back and powerful with a driving and persistent bassline and halftime beat, the vocal lifts up your head by the chin with just one determined finger.
Kiirstin’s voice is so clear, real and untreated. Her annunciation and attack have the confidence of a tiger. But not the hunting kind. She wants to alert people of her presence, rather than scare them away. Kiirstin demands that we listen, take heed and realise that we need to act fast and change our ways before our legacy is nothing more than a clan of drones in a barren wasteland. She lays on a plate who we all really are, in such a simple and brazen fashion. That we are blind to our actions and that we just live life by going through the motions in the way we feel we ought, rather than making any logical sense of it all. In Legacy, Kiirstin narrates almost as a psychologist or philosopher, but perhaps she is our own conscience speaking…
Getting back to the music, we are dragged up to the top of the hill by our ankles, to a chorus which is both dark and thrilling. Kiirstin’s voice soars in harmony, as her demands turn to pleading. The beat doubles in tempo as it trips up and down steps made of stone. Don’t for a moment let the single’s ironic artwork make you think her music is superficial. She worms deep into the hearts and souls of ourselves, winnowing out the bad eggs and telling it like it is.
Soon enough, things turn darker yet, as we are flung into a rat-ridden hole in the ground. Kiirstin stands tall and proud on the bridge, rapping and spitting, as we cower below. We WILL surrender. We WILL see our wrongdoings. She shows us that terror and fear can make us do the right thing as well as the wrong.
I implore you to give Kiirstin’s song an uninterrupted listen from beginning to end. If this single is anything to go by, her album will certainly be something of a treat.
In the meantime though, THIS is Kiirstin Marilyn’s Legacy.
Listen to 𝙇𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙘𝙮 HERE!
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