50’s inspired lyrical love letter // Questions Gender & Sexuality External Inbox
Emerging East London based singer KAE SERA blends modern day electro-pop with sounds from the 50’s and 60’s to create something which is both unique yet familiar. Originally from Liverpool, the artist grew up in a city rich in musical heritage, exposed to the nostalgic soundscapes of the bands that made the city famous. These sounds subliminally fed her musical appetite, giving her music a vintage haze and maturity. With a fascination for literature and poetry, her songs provide a captivating, storytelling experience, pulling you into her world.
Her debut single “Dames Jean” is a 50’s inspired lyrical love letter that showcases dulcet vocals blended against the backdrop of an atmospheric electronic pop ensemble. The dreamy track turns back the clock on lost love, whilst subtly questioning the gender and sexuality of its protagonist. Starting off with drums and vocals both soft and complex in their delicacy, her vocals are intimate and crystal clear, with each lyric rolling off her tongue effortlessly.
KAE SERA explains, “This track was written when I was exploring the idea of gender and identity. As part of the LGBT community myself, I turned James Dean into a Dame because I wanted to nod to the frame of mind I was in during a relationship, when all was unclear. This music put me on pause and the love inn that got stuck is a reference to wishing time would stop and allow me to not have to make a decision on where my heart was headed. Making this track gave me the ability to express my emotions and reflect on memories to make better life decisions.”
The production from Jacob Bright (Holly Walker, North Downs) carries layers of mystery, soft glassy moments and an overall hauntingly beautiful soundscape. The song is a journey through space and time where the lyrics meander through memory, taking inspiration from American travelogues of John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac. “Dames Jean” is currently available worldwide.