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Interview with i.e. kokoro

i.e. kokoro (aka Kelly Reed) will be releasing her latest project, Decalogue, on July 13th, and we recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about this project and her past work. You can read our full conversation here.

You can Pre-Order Decalogue here and you catch i.e. kokoro at Empty Bottle on July 10th with Brigid Mae Power and at Subterranean on July 25th with Fitness and Wild Moccasins.


Interview: i.e. kokoro

i.e. kokoro (aka Kelly Reed) will be releasing her latest project, Decalogue, on July 13th, and we recently had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about this project and her past work.

The Deli (TD): Your last album, Ephemera, was such a personal project, centering around the places that have meant a lot to you, was there any fear or trepidation in releasing a project like that?
i.e. kokoro (KR): It's actually surprisingly difficult to write music that's honest because you have to be willing to humble yourself and be ok if people don't like it. Ephemera was the first time that I wrote music that was unabashedly genuine and vulnerable – that's always scary, but I also found it to be incredibly cathartic and freeing.

TD: Place was prominent on your 2014 album, No Silence, as well with songs like “Ogden Ave Review” and “Requiem for 1230 N. Burling”. What do you think it is about places or locations that seem to drive your creative process?

KR: It's cliché but people always say, "I can remember where I was when I heard the news about [insert event here]." I think that's because location is a very salient part of our identities and experiences as human beings. When I'm writing music, it's easiest for me to tap into certain emotions if I can think back to a place and time that I experienced those emotions very strongly. Whether a place that I felt lonely, or a place that I felt joyful...if I can send myself back there in my memory, I can tap into something more real. And, inevitably, this results in me writing songs that are situated in those experiences.

TD: Decalogue is your new project, coming on July 13th, and from the name (another name for The Ten Commandments) and the imagery in your promo video it appears that this project is poised to be powerful, but perhaps not as personal. What can you tell us about Decalogue?

KR: Well, for starters, the album was written and self-recorded in 10 days, so there's definitely a sort of frenzied energy guiding the whole thing. In my opinion, the other stuff I've put out toes the line of being too over-produce and tight...this one definitely isn't. Decalogue is a very imperfect experiment, complete with the sound of the L in the background and vocal flubs and missed notes. But all that said, this is probably the most deliberate album I've ever created. There's no wasted space, every song has a purpose and a meaning. It's an exploration of things I've been thinking about for a long time, regarding religion, politics, social issues, and even love – it just happens that, due to the current cultural climate of the country, people might be primed to hear it now.

TD: Video was a big part of your last album, will that hold true with Decalogue and what level of importance do you give the visual element of your projects ?

KR: Yes definitely. I'm a big fan of found footage, and I think this album, in particular, lends itself well to using those kinds of visuals. All 10 songs explore different social issues – and fortunately/unfortunately there is abundant footage of these social issues all over the internet.

TD: Sonically, from the 30 second clip in the promo video, this album seems to be somewhat of a departure. Is this new sound related to the subject matter or just a progression in your progress?

KR: I felt like Decalogue begged for harsher/grittier sounds because the album is reflective of harsh things. I used a lot more ambient noise on this album, but I also relied a lot more on my vocals to set the tone. It's a bit of a departure from what I've previously done, but I still love a good melancholy song, and there's plenty of those on the album, too.

TD: Did the recording of the album bring the discovery of new, now favorite gear? Or some new lessons about the recording process?

KR: Ironically, I think Decalogue taught me how low tech I could be. Because I recorded it all in my tiny city bedroom with limited gear and limited control, I learned a lot about making due with a microphone, a Korg Krome, and a TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch. The end result was me doing crazy guttural sounds into the microphone or recording the screeching of the train or distorting the noise of the TV to be unintelligible and gritty. It was kind of a rediscovery of how much can be done with very little – gear or otherwise.

TD: Are there other like-minded musicians you feel we, and our readers, should be aware of?

KR: There probably aren't any artists that I can bring to the table that The Deli audience isn't already aware of, but Son Lux is one of more conscientious and thoughtful bands I've heard in a long time. Their songs are full of meaning and also feature kickass compositions. And for those who love contemplative, thoughtful music, Max Richter is also a good choice...but you have to be a patient listener

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An in depth conversation with i.e. kokoro about her new project, Decalogue, which will be released on July 13th.
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"I felt like Decalogue begged for harsher/grittier sounds because the album is reflective of harsh things."

Dog Mom "Dropout"

Dog Mom has released a new single and video for the track “Dropout” from her forthcoming album Ripe. The album will be released later this month via Sematary Records. This single is beautiful bedroom/dream pop while presenting honest and raw lyrics from a 19 year old just starting to find her place in the world.


Appleby “Young Lost Love"

Appleby released a beautiful new single today, “Young Lost Love”, from his forthcoming EP "+ Happiness". The EP will be released via Haight on July 20th. The single is accompanied by a Stripmall directed video that can be viewed here. The song and video address the feeling of consistently trying to escape the past but never being able to run far or fast enough.


Song Premiere: Fauvely “Tides”

We are proud to be able to premiere the new single, “Tides”, from Fauvely. This is the title-track of her forthcoming LP which is due out on October 5th via Midwest Action, and it focuses on the fondness we feel for the moments that come and go through out our lives.

Fauvely is the project of Sophie Brochu, and on this new album she is accompanied by Alice Kraynak (violin, backing vocals), Chris DePorter (drums), Alex Burns (bass, keys).

You can catch Fauvely on July 12th at Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) with Good Morning Bedlam and on August 4th at Club Soda.


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