Every day leading up to Valentine’s Day this year, The Key is recapping 14 songs that scream “love” just as strongly as they scream “Philly.” The Essential Love Songs of Philadelphia continues with “Easier to Love” from Kississippi’s 2018 albumSunset Blush.
Kississippi cycles through almost countless emotions over the course of the stark and vulnerable “Easier to Love.” Coated in a synthy sheen, the song takes a careful look emotionally draining aspects of a not-quite-right relationship as the narrator reflects on what happens when you change yourself to make things easier for someone else, and how trying to “exist better for two” can make you forget who you are. Continue reading →
Philly rooted indie rockers Kississippi have been touring heavily in support of their 2018 record Sunset Blush, released this spring, and this fall the band embarks on its first-ever U.S. headlining tour. This marks a milestone for Kississippi, led by singer and songwriter Zoe Reynolds, and they will be joined by Ruler and gobbinjr (pronounced goblin–without the L–junior). Continue reading →
On a summer night in 2014, Zoe Allaire Reynolds was driving from Tennessee back home to Philadelphia with a carful of people she didn’t really know.
Reynolds hadn’t released any music as Kississippiyet, but that night, as she often does, she put what was going on in her head into words. She wrote about that specific moment in time, about who was with her and who wasn’t: “In the backseat of Max’s car / Philadelphia gobbles up the stars / A thousand miles from where you are.”
These lyrics would become the song “Googly Eyes,” which would later appear on Kississippi’s first EP, 2015’s We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed. Continue reading →
Ever since Kississippiannounced there was new music in the works late last year, we’ve been brimming with anticipation. The project of Philly’s Zoe Reynolds, Kississippi shared the delightfully catchy single “Cut Yr Teeth” in December, along with news that a debut full-length would be on its way soon. Called Sunset Blush, the record be Kississippi’s first release since the 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed.
Now, we have even more Kississippi details. Sunset Blush will be released April 6, and to help bide the time, we have a shiny new single to jam to — “Easier to Love” is out now, and it’s one of Kississippi’s most well-crafted, full-sounding tunes yet. Continue reading →
Philadelphia-based indie pop band Kississippi, under the guidance of fearless leader Zoë Reynolds, took the stage for a twinkling midday set Friday ahead of an eventful weekend here in Philadelphia. Most known to pack houses and basements, the band was caught off guard at the size of the WCL midday crowd. Kississippi ripped through their set, nonetheless, and gratefully appreciated the turnout by the mass of Midnight Green-clad fans. Continue reading →
Hold whatever you’re doing, friends, because there is one mighty fine gig coming up that you must know about. Taking place at Everybody Hits on February 15th, this beautiful bill boasts Kississippi, Field Medic, and Harmony Woods. So yes, just go and knock my hat off, why don’tcha. Continue reading →
Kississippi is back, and stronger than ever. The recording project of Zoe Reynolds has become such a fixture of the Philly music scene lately that it’s easy to forget it’s been two years since their debut EP, We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed, was released. The XPN Fest alum has certainly kept busy over those last two years, though, and just announced that their first full-length, Sunset Blush, will be released in April 2018 via SideOneDummy Records. Continue reading →
Rapsody was last seen in Philly at this year’s Made in America Festival, and the city’s been awaiting her return ever since. The North Carolina MC and hip-hop artist brings her “Wisdom is Power” tour to The Foundry tonight in support of her debut solo album Laila’s Wisdom, released earlier this fall.Watch Rapsody’s video for “Power” below, featuring Kendrick Lamar. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
For the past few years, Zoe Reynolds has been diligently crafting her gorgeous, poetic reveries, framed by the tastefully reverberating rhythm of her electric guitar, all packaged under the Kississippi brand. Sometimes touring on her own, sometimes with more rounded-out crew of other musicians she’s met at shows, her recordings and performances are evenly thoughtful and intimate, and she delivers her rich vocals with just enough empty space between the notes.
Having already produced two EP’s and a live recording, Kississippi is putting final touches on a new full-length, which Reynolds is excited to share. A crowning achievement for an eventful Summer that included her first trip up to Canada to play a few dates, Reynolds will play in the company of her compatriot artists the first weekend of Fall at World Cafe Live, taking her place in a lineup comprised exclusively of local musicians in a few weeks for September’s Philly Music Fest, in what will be her first full-band show with the all-new Kississipi lineup. Get more information on that performance at the XPN Concert Calendar, and read our interview with Reynolds below.Continue reading →
The idea is simple, really: two nights, two stages, only Philly bands. That’s what’s in store when Philly Music Fest touches down at World Cafe Live on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd.
The biggest name on the first-year festival is Strand of Oaks, who will headline Saturday night on the heels of their XPoNential Music Festival slot, alongside Steve Gunn and Shannen Moser. Friday night’s bill is capped by Abi Reimold, who we hear is working on a follow up to last year’s excellent Wriggling LP, and Kississippi, who are readying their first full-length as well. Continue reading →