“Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?” – Henry Finck
Kisses are an L.A. couple making sweet, sweet music together; the side project of Princeton frontman Jesse Kivel and his girlfriend Zinzi Edmundson – well, with a name like Kisses they were hardly going to be a Welsh rap-metal group – they fittingly make sun-kissed disco/eletro pop anthems with a Balearic tinge.
The romantic pair have been around for almost a year now but the re-release (along with new video) of their eponymous single on the increasingly hit-producing Trasparent label has put them back on the radar.
Kivel sings with a playful baritone and the similarities to Jens Lekman are uncanny, even the song structures are similar to that of the Swedish troubadour. However, Zinzi’s keyboards make it an even lighter affair though there is a sorrowful edge. Early single ‘Bermuda’ is one of those breezy disco tunes with a hint of melancholy.
On the debut LP, The Heart of the Night Life, the pair manage to occupy a space between 90s chill, floor-filling hipster-pop and dark brooding-disco. In short, it’s a gem. Out now.