…there is a lot of external pressure for gay performers to be “pretty” and stereotypically femme in order to get ahead. I mean even Ellen has a makeup sponsorship. Long way to go- but that’s why we must fight for the kind of performers, clubs and scenes we want to have, until the mainstream is ready.
On this new album, multi-instrumentalist Ford explores the musical possibilities of live looping as a one-woman-band, adding guitars, pedal effects, drums and her vocals into the mix in ever flowing, creative ways. No editing, no studio magic, no auto-tune; what you see is what you get. At a time when nearly everything is processed and filtered, it’s refreshing to see an artist confident enough to work without a net. You watch as it unfolds and her smooth style draws you in, as does her personally invested lyrics.
This is too special for your basic digital avenues. In fact, this is exactly the sentiment that Kristen tries to convey in her lyrics for this gem of an indie rock song. Kristen Ford sounds great with the live electronic guitar arrangement, which picks up later in the song, and generally impresses with the authenticity of her personality.
Music Box Pete features Kristen Ford‘s video for “Radio,” the first single from her forthcoming album Tighten it Up, set for release at the CatvsOwl SXSW day party on March 19th as a live multi-camera video album, as well as on CD and digital formats.
She definitely has that unbridled creative flow that is refreshing to hear in its finished form and gives off a new breed of singer-songwriter that is more capable of holding her own and standing her ground amidst the growing and crowded field.