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New Kisses single is a peck on the cheek

July 29, 2010 |  9:37 am

Kisses So Nite Jewel, Baths, and Memoryhouse are playing the Echoplex tonight. You don't need us to tell you that the bill features wonderful electronic projects worth any and every occasion to plan a night out for.

But you really should rouse yourself from your chillwave evening slumber and get there early, because you'll catch a hint (albeit a DJ set) of Kisses, a new project from Jesse Kivel of indie-poppers Princeton and his girlfriend Zinzi Edmundson.   

Kisses is more sample-heavy than Princeton and rooted in the smeared, tape-decayed disco that you kids all love today. But on their new single "People Can Do the Most Amazing Things," there's both a sad-eyed clarity to the melodies that sets up a great pop tune, and guitar frizz and junky drum samples in the margins that knock it into the experimental ether again. Arthur Russell is a primary influence, and they have clearly absorbed his love of snare reverb and train-tunnel tenor.

You can't quite dance to it, but on a drunk bus ride home I bet it sounds immaculate. IAMSOUND Records, which has been knocking it out of the park with this stuff lately, is putting it on a 7-inch Aug. 3. Is it one of those aforementioned amazing things people do? Maybe. A supremely pleasurable one? Absolutely.

-- August Brown

Photo: Kisses. Credit: Jessica Koslow