Today Dublin-based Kynsy announces her brand new EP Something To Do With Love. The five-track EP features the recently released tracks “New Year” and “Point of You” and will be released Wednesday 14th September.
To mark the announcement Kynsy shares brand new track “Love of Your Life”, a sweeping and resonant love song which is both sensual and sweet while peppering in distant squalls, glitchy sounds and a haunting, sweeping string section. In a joyous expression of love Kynsy shares a sentiment she might otherwise struggle to put into words in real life. Talking about the song she says, “Love of your Life is an expression of that feeling and thought process you go through when you first meet someone you really like. When you’re in the early stages of infatuation with them and you fantasise over what the two of you could possibly become in the future.”
The world of Kynsy is a colourful, weird place of harsh edges and soft storytelling, where unwavering authenticity reigns king and the building blocks are constantly shapeshifting around you. It is the world constructed by 24-year-old Ciara Lindsey, who is still constructing herself, throwing love songs and confrontational battlecries at the wall to see what sticks.
It began with the rising Dubliner’s debut EP Things That Don’t Exist released last year, a few months after she featured in the NME 100 who praised the EP as, “a masterclass of channelling angst into disarming indie for a new generation.” Her music also garnered praise from The Irish Times, The Quietus, DIY and Clash. BBC Radio 1 proved to be equally supportive with Jack Saunders, Annie Mac and Gemma Bradley all championing her and she was chosen as a BBC Introducing artist for Radio 1’s Big Weekend. But that four-track release still wasn’t enough – Kynsy is an endlessly prolific songwriter. Her mind has been thrumming with tunes for the last five years, and at this point she’s just itching to get them out.
Freedom has always been the most important thing, and with a forthcoming second EP you sense Kynsy fully embracing the confidence that comes with her ever-growing knowledge as a songwriter, producer and performer, presenting a boisterous collection of tracks without being constrained by genre, format, theme, or, well, anyone but herself. The new songs build on the swaggering wit of the first EP, the observational frustration with modern living now shapeshifting into something broader, grander, even stronger.
“Last time, I wasn’t brave enough to make it sound a bit rough at times. I want to keep the rawness”, Kynsy says. She was right to trust her gut on this one. The resulting EP stitches together a picture of love in all its vivid, beautiful, illogical and intoxicating forms by taking the listener through the journey of one person trying to break down each destabilising chapter of it. “It’s about emotion and the feeling of the music, as opposed to trying to say something really deep,” Kynsy says, calling the EP “direct” and “about pleasure and joy and confusion”.
The new EP was co-produced with Alt-J regular Charlie Andrew, who worked with Kynsy in Dalston’s Old Workshop, where Alt-J recorded so much of the weird, wondrous music which changed everything for them. “Every song I gave to Charlie, he was like, ‘How can we make this weirder?’” Kynsy says of their collaboration, something of a breath of fresh air to have her bedroom demos embraced, celebrated, re-amped and reinvigorated as opposed to disregarded as child’s play.
The thing about Kynsy, at this stage, is that it is all about playing. You couldn’t tell, by the complex, sharp sounds borne from a young, frantic mind now finally bursting to get out. But that’s what makes it such a privilege to be invited into this world for a minute: to walk around and look at the building blocks, the splashes of colour, the hints of past lives and learned mistakes, and the promise of a deliciously unpredictable future to come.
30 July – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
4th August – The Workman’s Club, Dublin – SOLD OUT
2nd September – Electric Picnic, Stradbally