Back in “normal times”, Kimon Kirk was an in-demand bassist with quite the musical resume. The LA-based Kirk has toured and recorded with the likes of Aimee Mann, Alejandro Escovedo, Gaby Moreno, and Grant-Lee Phillips, to name just a few. That busy calendar has kept Kirk from releasing much of his own music, something he has just corrected with the release of Altitude – his first album in ten years.
Altitude is a tremendous showcase for Kirk’s brand of sophisticated pop. The collection is built around shimmering melodies that are imbued with a sense of longing and melancholy.
Lead-off track “Evergreen” is a great example, straddling the line between buoyant and wistful. “A second, an hour, and I’m gonna see you tomorrow,” Kirk sings before adding with some trepidation, “but you’re pulling us closer to sorrow.”
As Kirk describes below, his perception of the song has changed in the Covid era. It’s a great reminder that a song’s meaning can evolve when its context changes. Said differently – just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the meaning of the song is in the ear of the listener.
Twangville is honored to premiere the video for “Evergreen” from Kimon Kirk’s album Altitude.
Says Kirk about the song and video:
“Evergreen” started while I was walking in a small town in the Piedmont in Italy, among the cypress trees. I got some lyrical help from Aimee Mann and Amy Correia and it then became a song about longing, and trying to convince someone that you’ll wait for them… but now it feels more like a socially-distant love song.
Working with the video director, Rachel Lichtman, solidified the idea that because it was during Covid, I’d shoot the video alone, and that would add to the isolated vibe of the song.”
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