Katy Kirby’s ‘Portals’ Is Simple, Stark, And Effective

Her new album 'Cool Dry Place' is incoming...

Katy Kirby has shared her new song 'Portals' – tune in now.

The songwriter's new album 'Cool Dry Place' is out next week – February 19th, in fact – through the always-excellent Keeled Scales.

New song 'Portals' is a reminder of how subtle her work can be, with its spartan arrangement allowing Katy's word play to come to the fore.

A dose of introspection set amid a crumbling relationship, she sings: "if we peel apart / will we be stronger than we were before / we had formed ourselves together / in a temporary whole / and if we reunite, will we still know / the things that we had learned before? / we’re not boxes, doors, or borders / we were portals."

Stark and effective, 'Portals' comes from a very real place. Katy comments…

"I’ve always been uneasy with the idea of alternate universes, or realities. Even choose-your-own-adventure books used to stress me out. I wondered if it might be equally interesting and more helpful to consider 'alternate universes' something as simple as other people."

"Around the time I wrote this song, I had been considering what I’d retain from a relationship if or when it ended – what I might be left with in the long run, after it didn’t hurt anymore. I realised that it’d be an alternate version of myself. Hell, how many parts of whatever I call a self aren’t even accessible without a particular interaction? 'Portals' is me thinking about the alternate, purely interior worlds that slide open with each person/universe we intersect with, and if what we think of as “closeness” to that person has anything to do with what gets opened." 

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Jackie Lee Young

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