Kirsten McKay is a brand new artist on the London music scene. The singer/songwriter debuted earlier this year with her single, “Hey!” That song introduced her unique and infectious Indie-Pop. The track mixed McKay’s clever lyrical style with an upbeat acoustic pop groove. The tune is a cool hybrid of side-eyed 90’s Alternative and cheery 70’s Pop, complete with horns.
“She’s Taking All Her Friends Back” is Kirsten’s follow-up single, and once again she has created a timeless sound by stylistically straddling the decades of popular music. At the heart of the song is the chord progression and melody of a classic early-60’s doo-wop love ballad. However, in both vocal style and lyrical content she comes at the song from a much more modern stance.
We’ve all been there before. After a break-up, the friends are divided up. McKay uses that lyrical premise as an entry into a much more nuanced examination of the experience. Vocally she has a cool and confident tone that belies her ‘debut artist’ status. Kirsten lists female icons like PJ Harvey, Kirsty MacColl and Liz Phair as influences. Taking their cue, she delivers a narrative that is smart, sarcastic and vulnerable.
Check out “She’s Taking All Her Friends Back” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Kirsten McKay. Get on her socials and stay in the loop on everything this exciting new artist has in store. And if you head over to her website, join the mailing list and Kirsten will hook you up with a free, exclusive download of an acoustic version of ‘Hey!’