Track Of The Day: KIN – ‘L.O.V.E’

After a compelling and emotional debut single, ‘Sharing Light’, London trio KIN follow up with a spunky second track titled ‘L.O.V.E.’ Inspired by the great British festival, KIN celebrate the euphoric feeling of being in a loving and freeing environment with good people and open spaces.

In conjunction with their previous work, ‘L.O.V.E.’ seems to set the mood of a boosting “bounce back” that follows a trying time or hardship. This song’s energy almost reflects the first night out after a break-up (or worldwide pandemic), where seeing your favourite people is equally as therapeutic as it is surreal. 

With a simple dance-infused beat and laid back sophisticated vocals, KIN’s jangly guitar parts seem to spin across the track with a unique funk-fuelled energy that is catchy and encouraging. Sun-strewn indie-pop riffs and quirky rhythms pull listeners in for musical fling, for a glistening cathartic couple of minutes. 

It is hard not to bop along to ‘L.O.V.E’ as it truly inhabits its lightweight and restorative “walking on a cloud” essence, both sonically and lyrically. Its twinkling uplifting energy an invite for some well deserved solace that we all should accept. 

Watch the homemade, festival-inspired, video for ‘L.O.V.E’ here:

‘L.O.V.E’ is out now. Listen on Spotify or buy on Bandcamp.

Jill Goyeau

Track Of The Day: KIN – ‘Sharing Light’

In a whirlwind of a time to be alive, London indie-pop trio KIN bring their listeners a comforting and emotionally atmospheric debut single.

With a remarkable title that brings a glimmer of hope in its meaning, ‘Sharing Light’ instrumentally serves the essence of its name through iridescent guitar tones and graceful vocals. Each element KIN bring to this single seems to dance around another, leaving each its own space to float and be gentle.

A simple setting, next to the water, paints an honest self-reflective moment as Grace’s vocals reflect relatable thoughts. Revolving machine-like drums anchor the whispiness of the dainty mix with a tasty and echoing loop that grounds its stirring feeling.

KIN offer a raw and earnest emotion to the pop template, something that the world is seeking now more than ever in a world of uncertainty. Throughout ‘Sharing Light’, KIN’s emotional burden of worry for tomorrow is continually triumphed by remaining present and serves as a lesson for us all at this time. They beautifully articulate the intricate integrity of human nature and hope throughout this captivating debut, in a way that needs to be felt just at the right time.

Produced by Nicholas Alexander and mastered by Tim Rowkins, ‘Sharing Light‘ is out now.

Jillian Goyeau

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Wolf Girl, 11.01.19

Following a year’s worth of super amazing bands playing for us in 2018 – including Wendy Rae Fowler, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, The Menstrual Cramps, Sit Down and Fightmilk  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music, for our first gig of the year!

Kicking things off was brand new project KIN for their second ever gig. Considering it’s still such early days for the band, their deliver their captivating alt-pop with an alluring majesty, leaving us all eager to hear more.

Next up, The Other Ones deliver an energy-fuelled, hair swirling set filled with uplifting punk-pop gems. Oozing a magnetising charisma, they win us all over with their animated, fiery passion.

Penultimate band of the night, Argonaut, blast onto the stage with a riotous, explosive force. Delivering empowering anthems with a truly immersive energy, they assure each of us that “You are beautiful”, capturing an inclusive Riot Grrrl spirit; even jumping into the crowd to whirl me and fellow GIHE gal Kate round in a whirl of exuberant, patriarchy-smashing joy.

Headliners Wolf Girl deliver their utterly dreamy indie-pop anthems to a crowd of adoring fans, each singing and bopping along to their infectious jangly scuzz and twinkling uplifting harmonies. Celebrating queerness and being able to be yourself, a driving energy propels Healey’s luscious vocals as each and every offering fills me with a sparkling sense of bliss that only comes with seeing my most favourite of bands.

Huge thanks to the four amazing bands who made our first gig of 2019 so special! Make sure you catch us next month at The Finsbury on 8th February with headliners Muertos.

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto