Don’t let the bright synths deceive you; Kicksville‘s fifth digital single Surrender is a drum-n-bass driven, electro-pop ode to the havoc of consumerism, just in time for the holidays.
Kicksville – Surrender (MP3)
Listen to the rest of the digital singles on imeem:
According to Kicksville Commissioner Conrad St. Clair, the apparent contrast between the music and the dark subject matter is no coincidence. He admits: “We deliberately went into this wanting something that sounded happy… but was really about something bleak and miserable.”
This incongruence is accomplished with the help of first-time citizen Anna Purnell, whose luscious voice delivers sharp, unexpected lines like, “You sell me, you buy me… You say go buy / Lie down and dance!”
Andy Ewen, a nationally known illustrator (The New York Review of Books, The Progressive) who created the “cover” art for Kicksville‘s digital singles, also contributes musically, playing wah-wahed guitar over hot disco beats.
More information on Kicksville’s 13 digital-only singles:
Kicksville— musical collective, political movement and virtual community – follow up their recent full-length The Results of a Higher Mission (Ropeadope Digital) with a cavalcade of 13 digital-only singles they call Season 1. The season began November 10th with the release of Phatty, and will continue for 13 consecutive weeks; each single will be available for purchase from Ropeadope Digital.
Season 1 ranges from long-lost Kicksville originals to audacious covers of The Police, Willie Dixon, and Talking Heads. Each single includes a unique cover created by nationally recognized illustrator and Kicksville Citizen Andy Ewen.
Kicksville‘s Mayor, Mike Stehr (Bass, Vocals, Keys, Percussion) and Commissioner, Conrad St. Clair (Bass, Vocals, Keys, Percussion) curate a crack team of collaborators on these special releases. In classic Kicksville fashion, these singles showcase the collective’s improvisation, melodic sensibility, intriguing programming and bizarre sound effects “built for artistic insurrection” (Wired.com).
Additional details of each song and their contributors will be available in the coming weeks; Kicksville will have a dedicated page for liner notes and comments on Imeem.
Kicksville have raised eyebrows with The Results of a Higher Mission; these singles will turn heads.
Take the first step on the road to Kicksville. Here’s some more music:
from The Results of a Higher Mission:
Kicksville – Old Man John (MP3, featuring the words and voice of John Beecher)
See the video for Evil Demon Weed