Kisses – “Control” (Stereogum Premiere)
It’s been a couple years since we last heard from LA pop outfit Kisses, the makers of such breezy synth tracks as “Funny Heartbeat,” “The Hardest Part,” and “Huddle.” The band comprises couple Jesse Kivel of Princeton and Zinzi Edmundson, editor of the magazine Knit Wit. “Control” is the first single from their third studio album, Rest In Paradise, which will be released later this year. Kisses are still thriving in their ’80s-inspired synthpop vein. The new song features muted horns playing under the recurring electronic loop. Kivel’s signature subdued voice makes sure “Control” still feels like indie pop even if it’s more of an upbeat funk vibe than usual. It’s a dance song with a chill cyclical rhythm that longs to be heard. Listen.
[Kisses looking like a young John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Photo by John Michael Fulton.]