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Kynsy, the solo project of the 23 year-old Irish multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Ciara Lindsey, today shares a brand new single and video, “Mr Nice Guy”. The song is co-produced by Kynsy and James Dring (Gorillaz / Jamie T / Sorry) and sees Kynsy bring a swaggering, synth-drenched atmosphere to the detached nonchalance of her lyrics.
The accompanying video was directed by Dave Fox and Conor Donoghue.
Talking about the new song and video, Kynsy says: “It’s a song about money and working and having one of those horrible bosses who tells you he’s trying to be ‘the nice guy’ while he goes through you outside on the street. It’s mostly based on an encounter I had in a waitressing job. I suppose there is a message in there about the power of empathy and kindness in how you deal with people.
The video echoes a lot of the themes in the song just pushed to an extreme level. Working with Dave and Conor we created a surreal world that’s really colourful but eerie at the same time. The master [me!] is on a constant power trip and forces her minions to endure some pretty awful treatment for her own gratification. To honour the positive message in the song we get to see how treating people like this will come back to bite you one way or another.
“Mr Nice Guy” is the first new single from Kynsy since the release of her critically acclaimed debut EP, Things That Don’t Exist (listen HERE), released in January of this year.
Kynsy’s debut EP, Things That Don’t Exist, featured three standout singles. A velvet-lined boxing-glove that delivered a sucker punch of a chorus, wry lyrics about fading chancers and their last grasp at relevance, “Cold Blue Light” was described by Dork as, “all at once understated and anthemic, a foreboding, end-of-the-world beast that channels youthful rage into something that’s both tragic and yet somehow uplifting”. The unwinding riff of “Happiness Isn’t a Fixed State” entangled itself around a jittery cut-up melody that fogged up with damp, heart-scorching melancholy. DIY called it “another instant mesmerising earworm from the rising multi-instrumentalist” and The Line of Best Fit added, “it’s indie rock that blends hyperactive energy with neo-noir sense of style.” Remarking on the EP as a whole, The Quietus said, “Although the debut EP from 23-year-old Ciara Lindsey only features four tracks, there’s more dextrous experimentation than a lot of young artists will achieve for years.”
Cementing her place as an artist on the cusp of a breakthrough 2021, NME included Kynsy in the NME 100 with “Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State” at number 1 in the NME 100 playlist, and Dork added her to their influential Hype List for the year while Nialler 9 included her as one of the best new acts of 2020.
Annie Mac played “Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State” multiple times on BBC Radio 1, whereas both singles picked up plays from Jack Saunders. Further radio support came from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and Across The Line on BBC Northern Ireland Introducing. In Europe KINK NL made “Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State” track of the week. Closer to home she secured radio support from 2fm, RTE Radio 1, Today FM, Nova, Cork 96 and more. Meanwhile Kynsy featured on the cover of Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds Rock, A Breath of Fresh Eire and An Alternative Eire as well as on the cover of Indie Britain on Tidal. Both singles were also included in Spotify’s New Music Friday UK alongside multiple other playlists. The Irish songwriter had previously been tipped in 2FM’s Rising 2020 list and Golden Plec’s 2020 Picks.
NME 100 Essential New Artists for 2021 – “Rough-and-ready neo-noir that Julian Casablancas 100 per cent wishes was his”
NME First On – “Wit and heartbreak in Irish shredder’s indie-pop……The 23-year-old musician is well on her way, making genre-fluid bedroom pop to remind you of all your favourite hitmakers.”
NME **** EP Review – “genre-hopping anthems that flaunt grit and glamour….. a masterclass of channelling angst into disarming indie for a new generation.”
DIY **** EP Review – “Kynsy’s already showing a knack for a classic”.
DIY Print Magazine – “Dublin in the rain is hers……Kynsy’s first two offerings – ‘Cold Blue Light’ and ‘Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State’ – are far from all sunshine and roses, there’s a fire behind the eyes here that draws far more from the confident cool of St Vincent and The Strokes than it does some of post punk’s more dour heroes….. An Irish heart with American sized ambition”.
The Quietus – Music Of The Month – “Although the debut EP from 23-year-old Ciara Lindsey only features four tracks, there’s more dextrous experimentation than a lot of young artists will achieve for years.”
DIY – “Kynsy – aka Ciara Lindsey – has been wowing with her delightfully dark indie stylings, and now she’s sharing swaggering new Strokes-y track ‘Happiness Isn’t A Fixed State’….Another instant mesmerising earworm from the rising multi-instrumentalist.”
The Line Of Best Fit – “One of the latest talents to emerge is Kynsy, and on her new track she bleeds in a little wild west goth strut and restless unpredictability, with jagged riffs shooting out in strange directions…It’s indie rock that blends hyperactive energy with neo-noir sense of style.”
Clash – Six Voices Re-Shaping Ireland’s Musical Identity – “Few make music as raw and as breathtaking as Kynsy”
DORK – Getting To Know
“An assertive first step from an act we’ll hopefully be seeing an awful lot more of, it’s a tune that’s all at once understated and anthemic, a foreboding, end-of-the-world beast that channels youthful rage into something that’s both tragic and yet somehow uplifting.”
The Rodeo – “With her debut EP, Things That Don’t Exist, Kynsy has produced one of the best EPs of 2021 so far.”
Nialler 9 – Best new bands of 2020
“With just two singles to her name, it’s easy to hear why 23-year-old Ciara Lindsey is on this list. ‘Cold Blue Light’ and ‘Happiness Is A Fixed State’ are stone-cold indie-bangers and mark out a sprightly beginning.”
Mystic Sons – 8/10 EP Review – “In all, ‘Things That Don’t Exist’ gives us this eclectic and multifaceted intention in just four singles. Her catalogue to date in minute and yet it has this incredible promise running through it, highlighting the dexterity of her writing and ambition. It feels like her next work could go in any direction, leaving us feeling excited for what she comes up with in the near future.”
GET IN HER EARS – “A dark synth-pop gem that oozes with defiant attitude“
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