Sunday, April 21 2024

Kelsie Kimberlin‘s ‘We Are The Promise‘ presents a compelling fusion of music and visual storytelling. As an American-Ukrainian artist, Kelsie addresses the theme of authoritarianism, delivering a powerful message through both her composition and the accompanying cinematic video.

Filmed against the backdrop of historic Ukrainian locations, the movie-esque video deepens the song’s narrative. Collaborating with the late Ukrainian composer and film director, Sergiy Krutsenko, the project gained a cinematic touch with an orchestral score performed by the Kyiv Radio Symphony Orchestra. The dystopian storyline, where music is banned, serves as a metaphor for real-world struggles against oppressive regimes, elevating the visual narrative.

This track serves as a fitting dedication to Sergiy Krutsenko and others fighting for freedom and adds emotional weight to the song. The completion and release of the video on the anniversary of Sergiy’s passing not only honour his legacy but transform the project into a profound tribute to resilience and artistic vision.

The song’s dynamic composition showcases meticulous craftsmanship. The gradual build-up, punctuated by tense orchestral stabs, creates anticipation that complements Kelsie’s impactful lyrics and unique vocal. The clever songwriting, understated chorus, and strategic use of electric guitars adds a contemporary and classic edge to the symphonic orchestration, resulting in a universally appealing sound. The song eats into your psyche and once there remains both melodically and psychologically.

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The outro chorus, featuring an additional vocal layer, exemplifies the song’s superb production. Modern mix and mastering techniques ensure the track’s accessibility across diverse audiences and the thematic elements of the song, acting as a war cry for Ukraine yet resonating globally, make it a powerful anthem against authoritarianism.

In conclusion, ‘We Are The Promise’ emerges as a seamless blend of art and activism. Kelsie Kimberlin’s dedication to using her music for awareness and resistance shines not only in this release but across her body of work. The meticulously crafted musicality and impactful visual narrative form a cohesive and compelling statement, urging listeners to unite against the growing threat of global authoritarianism.

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Kelsie Kimberlin’s ‘We Are The Promise’ is a masterfully crafted anthem, combining impactful lyrics, unique vocals, and strategic musical elements. With a dynamic composition, the song resonates emotionally, addressing the theme of authoritarianism while leaving a lasting imprint on the listener’s psyche.


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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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