L.A. Unheard: Kisses' disco romance
Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.
The band: Kisses, a lovebird duo led by indie-pop act Princeton's Jesse Kivel and fashion blogger-turned-keyboardist Zinzi Edmundson.
The sound: The group's "The Heart of the Nightlife," a set of lo-fi electronica driven by Kivel's Jens Lekman-like baritone, offers of-the-moment disco influences mellow enough for after the after-party -- and romantic enough for a dinner date. Live, the group's surprisingly sample-free set proves the songs work equally well without a laptop.
The details: "The Heart of the Nightlife" arrived on label This Is Music earlier this month. The band won’t be joining Lekman, as was previously announced, for a DJ session at the Swede’s Mondrian SkyBar concert on Saturday, but keep an eye out for future dates.
The rest: Visit Brand X to download two tracks from the new album.
-- David Greenwald
Photo: Kisses far away from home in Manchester, England, moments after their debut U.K. performance at the In The City festival in October. Credit: David Greenwald