HEAR: Jubilant Jams | Kibi James – “Bender”

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Kibi James is set to release their upcoming full-length album Delusions and we are thrilled to hear their most recent single “Bender”—it’s a smooth, jubilant and charming bedroom pop single. The song is catchy and infectious. The video is wild! Check it out below and let us know your thoughts:

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bi-lingual musical trio, Kibi James, shares their latest single “bender,” the third offering from their upcoming full-length album, delusions, out August 25th via Bayonet Records. The song follows previous singles “fuerza” and “go outside,” filmed in Prado Colombia, and is introduced with a ukulele leading the track, evoking a sense of the natural environments that have informed the creative process of their forthcoming project. Reflecting on the song, the band notes, “‘bender’ is the anthem of our album. It’s a shared delusion that feels like an invitation. It’s like a culmination of all the best parts of a bender with your friends. Pure bliss.”

The band, consists of Mari (guitar, keys), MJ Corless (bass) and Pomi Abebe (drums). Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Drew Vandenberg (Faye Webster, SPELLLING, Toro y Moi) at Chase Park Studios in Athens, GA, and mastered by Heba Kadry, the bands debut album delusions is laden with vividly lush portraits of the places they call home – Atlanta, their community, their physical house they share together, and the sense of home they find in one another. Speaking on the title of the album, MJ says “For artists trying to survive in this capitalist world, I think some level of delusion is necessary.”

While the outside world is often a source of chaos, Kibi James finds security and intimacy in their shared domestic life together – the details of which come in the form of the intimate narratives and memories that make up delusions. Together they channel the blissful sweetness of ‘90s indie pop and shibuya-kei, calling to mind the voices of Sweet Trip’s Valerie Cooper, 800 cherries and Saint Etienne. They harmonize in both English and Spanish as their voices cozily intertwine, singing of their hopes for the future over hazy, treated guitars and the gentle pattering of drums. The sensual palette of Kibi James is one adorned with pastel hues and dense greenery, exploring the nuances of relationships between people and the world, interpersonally and ecologically.

Listen to “bender” above and stay tuned for more from Kibi James coming soon.

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