Kem .SoL is a veteran singer, songwriter and producer making his solo professional recording debut in 2023. His new music is a long time coming. The multi-talented creator has worked on a number of different projects over the years. However, on his new album he is introducing his original compositions to the world for the first time.
Originally from the American Northwest, Kem .SoL currently lives and works in London, United Kingdom. His sound is a smooth mix of neo-soul vibes, pop hooks, and hip-hop grooves. It’s a chill aesthetic, carefully cultivated by a meticulous producer.
The Only Way is Up is the debut album from Kem .SoL, released worldwide via all major streaming services on February 20, 2023. The twelve-song set is a laid-back collection of deeply personal anecdotes, love songs, and philosophical observations.
The record opens with the ethereal sounds of the soulful soliloquy “Up”. The track’s ambient synths and dreamy guitars set a mood that remains as a cohesive thread that runs throughout the album. Kem .SoL works Within that framework to paint a multi-hued tapestry of sound.
Songs like “1Day” and the excellent “Family Tree” pair those neo-soul vibes with infectiously pop melodies. Elsewhere, on tracks like “Disguises”, “Water” and “Carry On” Kem .SoL matches those jazz riffs with downtempo hip-hop beats. His seamless blend of modern production techniques and classic songwriting styles gives tunes like “Down” and “Falling Apart” a timeless quality.
On the mic, Kem .SoL sings and raps tales of love, loss, and friendship in soft tones and whispers phrases. He offers hope (“Don’t Worry”), empathy (“Show Me”), and reassurance (“Carry On”). The album feels like a quiet conversation with an old friend.
Check out The Only Way Is Up in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear “Carry On” on the Deep Indie Beat playlist and “Family Tree” on the Deep Indie Dive. Follow the links below to connect with the artist. Get on his socials and get in the loop.