“SONG FOR EWE”
with KENDRA FROST of
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is one half of an incredible and otherworldly duo called Kite Base which consists of two bass, electronics & vox. A “Kite Base” is also an opening origami fold “to generate a fertile foundation for creativity”. With a ton of live dates and a new album imminent, they don’t come much more creative than Kendra Frost!
I asked Kendra what she’d been up to – and i’m pleased to find out she’s fighting the good fight.
“Ayse and I hit the march here in NYC on Saturday- an incredible event. Very moving and the best march I’ve ever been on for sure, for so many reasons.”
Kendra’s Kite Base bandmate Ayse Hassan (also of Savages) appeared on these very pages only last year…
…so it was only a matter of time to get Kendra’s choice for a “song for ewe”, and it’s equally intriguing, inspiring and erudite:
“The song I would like to put forward is ‘Chickasaw’, by Pigface, featuring the stunning vocals of Lesley Rankine.
I remember first hearing this song in my late teens and becoming so gripped by it, that the CD lived in my discman for weeks, mostly playing this track on repeat. Although the whole album, a two disc best of, was an incredible collection, this track is still my favourite ear worm.
So very powerful, and what an incredible voice.
The break at the end where the track cuts to just the vocals in harmony- it’s like flight. Like taking a high dive and being suspended in that moment of near weightlessness before hitting the water. Poignant. Strong. Beautiful. All encompassing.”
I told Kendra, we’d had Lesley Rankine on the site…here’s Lesley’s “song for ewe”…
“It’s so strange because for years I couldn’t find anything out about her- I didn’t have internet access at the time, or a computer at home- I then later joined a band with Debbie Smith from Curve who happened to mention her one day and discovered they were good friends, and then another dear musician friend of ours, Tara Busch of I Speak Machine, mentioned that Lesley had recently stayed in their spare room when she played out in LA with Ruby. In the very same room I have stayed in also and a mere few weeks prior to her staying! 😀 I hope to meet her one day. “
CHEERS TO KENDRA, AND DICK O’DELL.
HERE’S MORE ON KITE BASE:
PLUS THEIR UPCOMING EUROPEAN TOUR: