Kississippi – Sunset Blush (Alcopop Records / Lesser Matters, 2018)

Kississippi is the moniker / alter ego of one Zoe Reynolds. She’s been putting out demos and EPs for a while (since 2014), all of which you can find on her bandcamp page. I’d best describe this record as a collection of indie-pop ballads, I suppose. The album takes its name from a flavour of “wine cooler”, which is as far as I can gather, a boxed wine-based alcoholic drink, interestingly enough favoured by one of the protagonists in gnarly modern werewolf tale, Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones.

This is admittedly not really the kind of thing I’d typically spend loads of time listening to, but there is something gripping about Kississippi. There’s an inescapable fragility to this material; and yet it’s underscored by a steely inner strength and resolve. The vocal is simultaneously raw and tenderly angelic, evoking feelings of heartbreak, secret shame, small pleasures, and triumph and tragedy.

Entirely suitable for folks that dig on Slingshot Dakota, La Sera, Postal Service and the many projects of Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley fame).

Tony of Nurgle rating of 7/10. You can check it for out yourself on the player below:

Sunset Blush will be available on vinyl later this spring and you can pre-order from Alcopop Records here on pink and yellow splatter vinyl or on green vinyl direct from Kississipi here

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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