New York-based musician, composer, choreographer, visual artist and educator Kinlaw (she/they), has released their third single “Haircut” alongside of a captivating music video. The single is lifted from Kinlaw’s forthcoming avant-goth-pop debut The Tipping Scale, out February 19th on Bayonet Records. The track touches on that temporary and familiar release: a dramatic haircut in the midst of chaos and the stillness that follows. On its surface, “Haircut” is a gentle swell of ethereal instruments–a reverberation of bells, synths, and a chorus of voices. Cutting across the abyss like a pebble into a pool of still water, Kinlaw’s vocals are resigned. Untethered by percussion, the melody moves along conversationally, an inner monologue that breaks only to occasionally hit over and over on the fact that sometimes we can’t stop the walls from falling. Listen to and watch “Haircut” now HERE.
“I cut my hair to confuse myself,” Kinlaw explains of the song. “It started as a mission to change who I was, to make a new and better version, but ended with my feeling like I no longer knew what I was mourning. ‘Haircut’ is a question of personal power, and even speaking on this song today has been challenging because it was written when I was unsure if I had any power left. I think “Haircut” can be a lot of things to many different people, particularly those who identify with the juxtaposition of in-depth, internal dialogue paired with everyday coping strategies. There is a sweetness to it, but also such substantial, unwavering difficulty. Today, I prefer to think of ‘Haircut’ as an anthem of resilience and an ode to the ways we keep going, we shapeshift, and we reinstall that there is a way to find what it is we are hoping to find.”
Pre-order and pre-save The Tipping Scale, out February 19th, HERE.