Artist: Kira Velella
Release Date: 24 April 2013
Genre: Singer / Songwriter, Indie Folk/Rock
License: CC BY
Release Page: Self Released / BandCamp
Kira Velella is a singer / songwriter from New York. She has a clear soprano voice, with a slight vibrato. Her primary instrument is guitar, both acoustic and electric. Her approach to music is in keeping with performers that you would expect to hear in small clubs and coffee houses.
She has a very earthy, organic feeling to her music and knows how to weave a hooks into simple and effective melodic lines that underpin lyrics that are simple, moving and expressive. In a way, she seems to be part Joan Baez, Dolly Parton and Ernest Hemingway.
When I first listened to this release, I found myself wondering: where does someone like Kira fit today? She doesn’t really fit in nearly anything that you hear on the radio: she isn’t country, she isn’t pop rock, etc. If anything, I felt like her style of music was a throw back to a different time and place.
But that’s what makes her music good. She is sticking to her style, carrying on a tradition that has been swept aside in the throes of technology and modern life. She is embodying the life that many people are seeking these days: a simplification, a return to long-held beliefs and the desire to be disconnected from the constant drone of the rest of the world. The need that we have to find that space within ourselves to just be, to just exist and reconnect with the world around us.