Of the track, Bulkin shares, “Its about who is going to make the first move and or say what’s on their mind. I’ve always been very direct about how I feel which makes people love me or avoid me. It’s something I’ve tried to change but there’s no use. So I’m going to make it a super power.”
‘Kareem‘ follows the release of first EP track ‘Samsara’ and is taken off her forthcoming independently released debut EP Leucadiaout this March 22.
Leucadia is Kelsey Bulkin’s story. A small neighbourhood outside of San Diego, the beachside mecca is where surfers, yogis, crystal shops and California mythology collide. It’s the place where singer, songwriter and producer Kelsey Bulkin grew up, and the title of her debut EP as a solo artist – a release that marks the start of a new chapter for a respected name in music.
The EP chronicles both her life in the small Californian town and her experiences since leaving it: the death of a close friend, break-ups, new love, motherhood and meditations on life, death and spirituality. “I feel as if all the stories I’m telling in my mind and in my heart, they all happened in Leucadia,” she explains. “They all happened in my core. They’re all the stories I carry around inside me.”
Before Leucadia came her time as one half of former indie pop duo Made In Heights and the break out into her solo career with standalone singles Andromeda’ and ‘West Coast Drama’. Kelsey Bulkin was also featured on the track ‘Divide’ from ODESZA’s groundbreaking record A Moment Apart in 2017, collaborated with Canadian producer Jacques Greene on ‘Nordschlief’ and ‘Fever Focus’, and has songwriting credits for artists Rejie Snow, PARTYNEXTDOOR and more.
“a majestic, low-slung sliver of steely electronic pop” The Line Of Best Fit
“…surrealist synth-pop…” Highsnobiety
“It’s a charming, soothing number thick with R&B sensibilities and this hazy, almost-DIY-feeling wash, combining glistening, washed-out melodies with a bright vocal line that softly floats over the top.” Pilerats
“…the wait has been well worth it.” I Oh You
“Bulkin gravitates towards a certain kind of electronic beats where her voice has a natural tendency to float right on top…” KUTX Song Of The Day
“The production…completely envelops you, rushing into the chorus in a way that’s relaxing, meditative and overwhelming all at once.” Purple Sneakers
Press shot by Canh Nguyen
Leucadia EP by Will Warasila
Leucadia EP Sticker by Luisa Lacsamana
Kareem was written and produced by Kelsey Bulkin
Additional production by David Ansari
Mixed by Stephen Kaye
Made at home with a single octave midi keyboard and mic, Bulkin explores curious pairings of drum patterns with synths that keep the mind active and relaxed, constructed to carve out a meditative space to access stories ready to be told.
‘Samsara’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘wandering’ and refers to the suffering we experience when we are attached to the cycles of life and death that govern the natural world. Bulkin shares, “Looking back at my own heartbreaks and framing them as attachments to the inevitability of change instead of as true loss has been eye opening and also a riddle I’m trying to solve. How can we ever be completely detached and still survive here?”
One half of former music-duo Made In Heights who released their last LP Without My Enemy What Would I Do in 2015, Kelsey Bulkin burst into solo-dom with her warmly embraced debut offering ‘Andromeda’, described by The Line Of Best Fit as “a majestic, low-slung sliver of steely electronic pop” and follow up track ‘West Coast Drama’ which brought with it its own video. Most recently, Bulkin featured as a guest vocalist on ‘Divide’ from ODESZA’s groundbreaking record A Moment Apart. Stay tuned for more from Kelsey Bulkin in 2019.