Kymberley Kennedy celebrates her new EP, ‘Pacify’, released on December 4th via Blackout Recordings. The self produced record is the first official offering from Kymberley Kennedy this year.
The melodic title track, ‘Pacify’ is a stunning showcase of ethereal vocals, swirling synths and almost-spectral guitars, drawing comparisons to Massive Attack and Portishead. With Kennedy’s vocals and production at the helm, ‘Pacify’ tiptoes into the forefront with subtle bells and murmurs before progressing into an anthemic surge of throbbing basslines and chants precipitated by the need for clarification in a relationship.
‘Pacify’ will be available from all digital outlets with physical copies available from her official website and live shows.
The second track from the EP, ‘Don’t Pacify Me’ is a completely re-imagined version of the title track, written in between live shows with her band, beautifully showcasing Miles Williams’ celestial guitar and Steve Wilkinson’s neo jazz keys, reminiscent of Jorja Smith.
‘Pacify’ follows the launch of a live video for the EP’s buzz track, ‘Wicked Game’, originally by Chris Isaak. Here, Kennedy demonstrates her vocal range amid Steve Wilkinson’s glacial piano and Miles Williams’ haunting guitars building into a brooding crescendo of heartache.
Kennedy emerged in 2013 with her debut EP, ‘Blackout’, which propelled her into the limelight amid critical acclaim from MistaJam and Trevor Nelson (BBC Radio 1Xtra), Huffington Post and Fame Magazine, securing a double synchronisation deal in indie movie Syrup starring Amber Heard and Shiloh Fernandez. Track of the Year winner at the International Breakspoll Awards 2015 and triple Grassroots Awards winner, her live shows are being described as the North’s answer to London Grammar.
‘Pacify’ unites a formidable collection of earlier releases including Head Games, Make Me Wanna and I Decide with new material written and produced for the forthcoming debut album, Head Games, whilst touring last year. The new EP includes an explosive and sonically adept remix of ‘Pacify’ by US producer Neorev and a minimalist yet skillful remix of ‘I Decide’ not dissimilar to early AlunaGeorge, by Norwegian producer MAJESTO.