This year’s biggest summer blockbuster is here — and no, we’re not talking about The Avengers.
LA-based alternative songsmith KEMME is creating her own brand of auteurist, cinematic pop music, rooted in an effort to reveal at least a shred of truth in a world full of subjective facts, thin research, and damning opinions.
“I hope they feel a sense of authenticity and wonderment. KEMME is a window to my subjectivity, based in truth and fantasy” she says, hoping to, if anything, reveal her own truth through music.
KEMME’S first two singles — “Poof” and “Too Deep” — are the kind of powerful anti-pop that work as well in your favorite live venue as they would soundtracking the latest trailer from A24.
On “Poof”, KEMME notes that she “was really inspired by horror/thriller film scores when writing this track,” and she tried to embody that as much as possible in the instrumental and vocals. It certainly shines through. The track is a pulsing stomper, the low bass wobbling under KEMME’s swaggered, almost threatening opening line: “You will never love another, but you’ll wish you would.” “I wanted to create a femme fatale character to narrate the song and once I honed in on her mentality, the song kind of wrote itself,” she said.
With only two songs under her name, KEMME is just sliding down the tip of the iceberg, gearing up for the release of her debut EP My First Great Movie, which according to KEMME, “follows a girl falling in and out of love. “Poof” is the introduction to this narrator, who is an independent predator, and the rest of the tracks explore who she is prompted to become after being hit in the gut by love. Each song is a musical embodiment of a particular mentality or female trope, so each of the tracks sounds pretty different from the rest.”
This fluidity in sound shines through on even the first pair of singles, reminiscent of the ability to bounce around style found in many of her influences, including Bon Iver, James Blake, St. Vincent, and Nicki Minaj.
Her time studying film at NYU lends a huge hand to the film-ready sound.
“I was really interested in exploring the root of emotion and subjectivity in major, commercial cinema. To me, it was music that made film feel personal to a viewer. So, knowing that I was going to explore music once I graduated, I really wanted to run with that and try to create experiential music, or music that feels as simultaneously objective and personal as film.”
The balance between objective and subjective, big and small, is expertly honed on “Poof” and “Too Deep” (streaming below). My First Great Movie is expected to drop later this year.