Cool Dry Place is the debut full-length album from Texas-bred, Nashville-based indie rocker, Katy Kirby. The nine songs here are equal parts driving indie-pop and artful folk songwriting in the vein of Waxahatchee, Lucy Dacus, and Frankie Cosmos. Intimate, vulnerable lyrics give way to anthemic choruses, true earworm, and memorable vocal melodies. The songs are miscellaneous in subject (motherhood, late capitalism, disintegrating relationships), but unified by the angle from which they're told, from a person re-learning to process life with intense attention. Each song is a catalog of fragments, the number of segments in an orange or the cut of an obsessively worn shirt, distilled into meditations on the bizarre and microscopic exchanges that make up modern life - a relationship splintering, an uncomfortable pause, an understanding finally found. These emotional dioramas are moderated by the angular storytelling that unites Gillian Welch and Phoebe Bridgers, a favor for the conventions of short fiction over confession.
"After a long road to fruition, Cool Dry Place arrives fully realised, endlessly clever, and refreshingly novel. Kirby’s debut is at its best when mining the tension between approachability and adventure. Kirby may not be tethered to convention, but she also doesn’t shy away from a heartfelt ballad or immediately catchy melody. Instead, she subverts expectations and embraces contradiction, creating fascinating sonic concoctions with familiar ingredients, all brought together by her twisting melodic sensibility." Line of Best Fit
RIYL - Lucy Dacus, Snail Mail, Waxahatchee, Phoebe Bridgers
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- Cool Dry Place