“Staring the forgotten, hidden things in the face” and shining a light in the deep, dark corners of the soul is a favorite pastime for lyricist, poet, and musician, Stevie Kin. And blossoming from the fertile ground of her self-exploration is her debut ep, ‘Petalsʼ— a collection of indie-pop-folk songs, buried in layers of dreamy synths and textures.
8,000 miles from home and inspired to produce and engineer her own record, Kin set up her “portable studio” and began writing and tracking her songs in the intimate space of her bedroom. Coming up for air, 6 days later, expecting to rework and re-track most of her project, Kin prepped to take her songs to the studio of a friend in Cape Town, South Africa. Instead, in order to maintain the integrity and vulnerability that was captured in Kinʼs own recordings, co-producers Brendyn Rossouw and Steven McKellar used nearly all of her initial tracking, at times asking her to leave the studio, go home, and re-track a vocal or a guitar from her bedroom. This is what gives ‘Petalsʼ its low-fi and cut-to-the-heart honest sound, an open door to Kinʼs own room where she is shining a light onto her soul.
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