Marching to the beat of his own drum, Jeff Morisano aka Kissed Her Little Sister drops his delightful third album, Mbube and takes listeners on an inter-genre trip of a lifetime.
Mining low-fi, folk, hip-hop, reggae and rock, KHLS has weaved a sonic tapestry that is strikingly emotive. Poetic and thoughtful writing beckons to one’s own contemplations about things both metaphysical and heartfelt. On ‘Miracle of Birth’ a misty arrangement play host to musings about the world’s need for change and being at one’s own mercy, whilst the longing for a touch and understanding on ‘I Want to Roll With You’ is made all the more palpable thanks to melancholy harmonies and rich instrumentation.
As the lyricism provokes thought, the arrangements excite and fascinate. The melding of various genres is seamless and quite clever, with beefy trap synths looming over sirens and woodwind on the infectious ‘I’m Feeling High (For Rupie)’ and bells and driving synthesized bass on the new wave-esque ‘Upon The Branch.’
Special mention must be made of Morisano’s penchant for clever sampling. ‘Connected to My Body’ features an almost unrecognizable extract from Mariah Carey‘s ‘Touch My Body’ and the joyous choral samples on ‘Because of You’ contrast perfectly against the shadowy vocal work, making it a definite standout.
Clearly a labor of love, Mbube works its magic and provides a captivating listen. Its depth is touching, both from a writing and production standpoint, making it an effort well worth one’s time.
Pick it up now for a ‘Name Your Price’ deal, via the Kissed Her Little Sister Bandcamp page.