Few Chattanooga musicians are as adept at challenging the permeability of genres as Kindora. She adapts and rearranges pop and R&B sounds to suit whatever inspiration is currently echoing around in her head. But these aren’t simply weightless explorations of influences—they’re carefully crafted ideas that strike at the heart of her creativity. With the abundant connective tissue linking these aesthetics, she has plenty of room to dig in and investigate their inherent musical associations.
Possessing a voice that conveys an endless depth of emotion and experience, her work is intimate but expansive, revealing broad universal truths while digging deeper into the feelings of heartache, love and fear that demand such answers in the first place. She’s able to bend these sounds to her will, building a liquid pop momentum that hovers somewhere between the dancefloor and your bedroom at 2 in the morning.
With her latest video for “Atmosphere,” she bridges the narrative gap that began in the video for “Poser,” which documented a sleepover that turned into a violent abduction with no clear resolution. Filled with warbling, elastic synths and some subtle, tremulous guitar lines, the track maintains a steady pop gait, never rushing or overextending its reach in trying to realize the specific noise that she wants to explode out from your speakers.
Directed by Kindora, the video finds the girls fighting back against their abductor, culminating in a pillow fight atop his unconscious/lifeless body. It’s a jarring end which actually works thanks to the throw-back exploitation vibe that permeates the entire video. The music draws comparisons to artists like Grimes and Purity Ring but creates its own unique personality out of these free-floating pop and R&B elements. “Atmosphere” is a technicolor nightmare that allows for a massive release of emotion even as it holds back some secrets for future listens.
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