Kevitch Delivers a Dreamlike Debut EP With 'Secrets'

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Burgeoning LA-via-Philadelphia alt-pop artist Kevitch arrives with her debut EP Secrets. The six-track atmospheric record introduces Kevitch as a reluctantly lovesick romantic. Combining lo-fi, R&B, and pop elements, Secrets delivers a raw and imperfect portrait while offering a captivating, immersive sonic journey. 

"I'm excited about this EP because it has a magical and hopeful feeling," shares Kevitch. "I played with a few genres in this project, incorporating R&B, pop, and lo-fi influences. This EP surrounds the evolution of a relationship when you first meet someone and the emotions that come with that. It then segues into the relationship's demise and how we cope with those aftermath feelings."

The EP's opener, "Satin Sheets," is a blissfully smooth track filled with lush synths and satin-soft vocals. The lyrics reflect on romance and fond memories with sonics that make it the perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon in paradise. Keeping with these warm, idyllic tones, "Don't Let Go" explores a darker side to her artistry with lilting vocals that feel like a velvet hallucination. Intoxicating and entrancing, the R&B-tinged effort glides over a plush resonance, embodying unconditional love as a unique yet sometimes fleeting experience.

Secrets then takes a breezy turn with "Sunshine," a light, tender offering that smoothly glides over airy pop hooks. With "Sunshine," Kevitch describes it as "that feeling when you're in that honeymoon phase of a relationship, where you're on a love high, and that nothing can bring you down. You don't care what's coming next, you're just living in that present high."

Starting with the distant sound of cicadas, "IDC" is a calm and cool track that's as soothing as an evening summer breeze. The singer urges her lover to unwind and rest with her. As subdued percussion and delicate guitar riffs swirl in the background, she declares that she doesn't mind "where you want me to drive," singing that she'll take them somewhere tonight and is up for staying up late and catching a vibe but asserts that if they "Fool me once I'll say goodbye / You don't even need to try."

In the dreamy R&B-induced title track, Kevitch lures listeners into a world full of lush instrumentation, smooth, layered vocals, and a plush soundscape that elicits blissful and beautiful nostalgia. "Secrets" opens with spacey synths, lo-fi-beats, and the lulling sound of rain. Kevitch's relaxed, reverb-drenched vocals drape luxuriously over chill beats, asking repeatedly, "Can you keep a secret? Tell me that you mean it." The song oozes emotion, with its overall narrative alluding to an unexpected romantic connection. 

On the record's closer, "Hate Me," Kevitch joined forces with Swedish lo-fi indie artist yaeow to create the addictive finale. It captures the essence of a broken relationship and the lingering unanswered questions. With its achingly somber tone, the duo sings poignant lyrics like, "If you never have to see me / Ever again, would you call me a friend / Yea, I wonder if you hate me / After all this time still on my mind," exploring the aftermath of a relationship that ended sourly, leaving them to grapple with the uncertainty of never obtaining closure.

Listen to Secrets below:

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