As a longtime fan of the work of Kendra Sells, I was very happy to see she’d dropped a solo project (the All In Your Head EP), and after hearing it, I was impressed with what she’d managed to put together. Sometimes, however, a good music video can provide you a deeper understanding of what the artist is trying to convey, and with the video for Your Cut, I’ve attained a bit more understanding from the track in terms of how playful (or seemingly so) the vulnerability she expresses is intended to be. The video, a Kendra Sells concept fleshed out by Jump-Start Performance Company and brought to life by the combined efforts of Elias Flores III, Lilith Tijerina and Sarah Tijerina, is a colorful, energetic and expressive affair worth checking out (and definitely worthy of MUCH MORE engagement that it’s gotten thus far). Take my word for it, check this one out immediately, throw a like and a comment that way and share it around for others to do the same.
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Here’s a little truth about All In Your Head straight from the Kendra Sells Bandcamp page :
“As Kendra‘s debut foray into DIY production and solo work, All In Your Head is concerned with advocacy: how does one advocate for themselves in a world where your inner circle and daily interactions can be less than ideal, less than healing? Who ultimately grants the time for rest, reflection, understanding, and celebration? Across a varied and twisted landscape that tackles unease with artistry and anxiety with tenderness, Kendra‘s debut EP acknowledges the hurdles that exist when mentally and emotionally growing into self-acceptance, and topples them when their blooms finally show.”
– James Cassar
“True to the title and the project’s sketchbook collage aesthetic, it’s a record that puts [Kendra] Sells more in touch with their musical impulses; keep the jazz scat singing, but replace the full band grooves with bedroom pop beats, and there’s nothing to stop her from swerving on a dime, flipping the vibe of a song at the speed of thought. Take the singles, which pull Sells in wildly different directions–from twinkling chimes and effervescent synths on the pop gem Call Me When Ur Dead to jagged guitars on Wondering//Bad Doctorzz‘ a rocking critique of the healthcare industry that twists, turns, and gathers steam as Sells gets more and more righteously fired up. Each track comes with at least one beat switch of its own, and the EP culminates in a multi-part title track, a survey of her unleashed imagination and captivating voice.”
I’ve always been a fan of Kendra‘s bold approach to her singing, songwriting and performing, and I feel that All In Your Head is a major step in not only capturing all of those aspects in a project, but in displaying aspects of her personality that may have not have previously shone through in her collaborative efforts with BluMoon. Long story short, if you’re looking for something new and inspiring, hop on this project immediately via whatever your favorite streaming service or digital storefront may be, and make sure your friends do the same.
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Tagged all in your head, austin, bedroom pop, blumoon, call me when ur dead, chief, DIY, james cesar, kendra sells, the doomsday device, wondering/bad doctorzz
There are times when referring to a band as ‘local’ feels slightly like undermining their quality and potential, and in the case of BluMoon, I often feel that way. True, the band is based out of San Marcos, but if you throw their music in the mix with any current pop/soul/R&B/jazz band, you’d be hard pressed to point them out and peg them as simply a ‘local’ band. Case in point? Slow Burn, their latest release, sounds like a million bucks, with its dynamic range of sounds and energy that it encompasses musically, courtesy of Taylor Louis, Andrew Harkey and Isaac Pulido. Add to this the fact that vocalist Kendra Sells effortlessly balances deeply introspective and thought-provoking lyrics with lyrics that shine a spotlight on injustice and the ever-changing highs and lows of human interaction, and you’ve got a project that puts an early flag in the ground as a key 2019 release. You can find this one most anywhere you find your music, so do yourself a favor and get hip, quick.
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Tagged andrew harkey, blumoon, chief, isaac pulido, kendra sells, san marcos, slow burn, taylor louis, the doomsday device