Kississippi – “We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed” Review
Posted: by Sean Gonzalez
We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed begins with pure melancholy through rather quiet and still guitars softly pulsing alongside Zoe Reynolds delicate voice. The lyrical content itself is a quivering mess of worry to fit along the sound Kississippi are going for. Even with the lyrics about touching subjects, Reynolds is firm in her delivery, making sure listeners understand the gravity of “Unkempt Leather” through her confidence with a line like, “there are only so many ways I can build it up before I can’t hold it together.” The opening track is a tranquil heart grab, and sets the mood for what the Philadelphia based group will do throughout this new EP.
Kississippi have the power in their music to transform your mood into that of a meditative trance. It’s welcoming around this time of the year as everyone starts to feel the pressure from their work, school or just natural stress of the constant holiday buzz. “Googly Eyes” is a perfect example of this atmospheric power, featuring an intricate melody from Reynolds that hops along the wispy guitars. It’s about establishing that mood and Kississippi do just that, finishing the song with a dramatic build that collapses into an intimate guitar and vocal duet.
“This Song Used To Be About You” is yet another highlight from the album, sporting vocals that are lathered in effects rather than have the guitars embrace the effects like most other bands would do. It’s these small changes that take hold of me when listening. The bell twinkles on the left side of the headphones, highlighting the graceful melody of the track behind plucked guitars and that gargling vocal appeal. “Greyhound” is a fitting closer for this EP. The vocals are more in your face here, sounding a bit distant to the soft guitars. They weave through a story of self-destruction and figuring out the whys, the hows in light of not knowing “where I fucked up.” It’s real, it’s honest and it’s Kississippi. Hold it together and pick up We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed on 11/20 through Soft Speak records.