By Stevie Connor.
Breakout artist Sarah Kinsley has released Ascension, her debut EP for Verve Forecast and Decca UK. The EP’s release is accompanied by a music video for standout track “Black Horse.”
As Kinsley describes the EP: “Ascension is about this unknown, ethereal place — the islands we create with people we have loved, where our phrases with them live, where our conversations outlast us, where every moment we have experienced lives again and again. It’s an eternal paradise. This is the centre of this EP: the treasure, the collection of shining memories I carry, I ascend to.”
The EP’s five songs were created by musician/singer/producer Kinsley in her NYC apartment. Of single “Black Horse,” Kinsley says: - “A black horse is a sign of death - not in the ringing of the knoll, omen sense - but rather, that the horse signifies letting things which no longer serve us to die. Death as a case for renewal, as a symbol for beginning once again. As a symbol for perseverance, for shedding obstacle, for pressing ahead. Here it was. My black horse saved me.”
Kinsley recently embarked on a series of North American tour dates including sold out stops in Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia. The whirlwind of limited and intimate dates closes with a much-envied spot at NYC’s Governors Ball on June 10. She will also perform this summer at the legendary music festival Lollapalooza - and just announced Sarah will open for Sylvan Esso at An Official Lollapalooza Aftershow Sunday, August 6th at Metro.
Additionally, Sarah was just tapped to open up on select dates for Weyes Blood later this summer and in the fall she will be on the road in a supporting role for Gus Dapperton for a series of month-long dates that kick off in mid-September.
Since 2020, Sarah Kinsley’s rise — concurrent with her music studies at Columbia University—has been rapid. Overall, she currently has 80 million streams across 181 countries, a number that jumped following the 2021, release of her EP The King. The title track went viral on TikTok and is at 39 million streams and climbing. The EP was listed on NME’s list of top debut projects of 2021, the publication raving, “Her transformative songs of growing pains and discovery share a similar intimacy to the introverted, deeply human alt-pop of Maggie Rogers and Lorde.” Kinsley followed that with another EP, 2022’s Cypress. Headline tours and slots on SXSW and The Austin City Limits Festival honed the singer/guitarist’s expressive and unconstrained live performances.
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