are you in the mood for a Blue Raspberry?

by | Music, Music Reviews

Katy kirby’s latest album Blue Raspberry now out for download.

Would you join me for an afternoon, for vanilla tea and delicate French crêpes? Or perhaps we could meander through the Scottish Highlands, pausing to befriend the gentle coos?

These visions dance in my mind at the sound of Katy Kirby‘s, a melody that transports me to a realm of whimsy and warmth. Listening to her songs, I am taken back to a time of childhood, as if I were once again gathering gleaming, twisted wrappers of crystalline candy.

Her eyes burn white as styrofoam, right into me
she’s sugarcane split open, she’s a jaw 
about to sing
and she’s shaking little packets 
before she pours ‘em in her drink 
she adds them in an order, it goes–
yellow, blue, then pink

Blue Raspberry

Blue Raspberrybearing the same name as its album, emerges as a queer love-themed song. “I felt like I was intending to write love songs for the first time. Once I realized they were queer love songs and celebrating artificiality, I wanted them to sound like they were bidding for a spot in the wedding reception canon,” Kirby said.

Other songs by Katy Kirby, such as “Drop Dead” and “Cubic Zirconia” also show how music has the power to take us on journeys, not just through the stories told in lyrics but through the emotions and memories they stir within us. 

Face framed by hoodie like an oyster in a shell
and your eyes are rolling at me as a pair of angry pearls
you’re the 
prettiest mermaid in the souvenir shop
but if you’re coming home this late 
you know you’d better be drunk
you’d better be drunk

–Cubic Zirconia

The inclusion of such a rich and diverse array of instruments in the album, extending beyond the beat of the guitar, bass, drums, and percussion in Blue Raspberrysuggests a deeply layered soundscape. The orchestration—featuring the piano, clarinet, flute, violin, and french horn, lifts you to the Grasmere Lake, where the foliage whispers beauty.

I want to know, which particular song or album of hers evokes your most cherished memory?

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