While performing live now as a loud and abrasive four-piece, the Brooklyn-via-Rochester project Kitchen is the solo project of James Keegan, who’s been releasing music under the Kitchen name since 2016. His latest EP, Four Songs 2022, is out on November 4th and is preceded by “River Song” and an accompanying video that we’re pleased to air for you exclusively right here!
“River Song” is a homespun number, calling back to the peak of the Bandcamp bedroom indie wave. With its lo-fi vocals and metronomic, regimented guitar strums, its beauty is subtle and its stride unencumbered by excess.
Keegan says the song is about “time moving forward” and “how we’re powerless to stop it.” It’s fitting then, that the song feels like the sensation of putting one’s hand into moving water—you focus on one moment, only to become aware of it rushing past you.
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