Singer-songwriter Kalen’s six-song debut EP, Falling From The Sun, is rock noir. The bruised beauty of her lyrics, her dark and shimmering compositions, the haunting expressiveness of her singing, and her dynamically cinematic producing skills imbue the music with a visual layer of intrigue. It is a moody blend of blues, trip-hop and rock with bits of dub step and world beat that’s artfully accessible.
The New York-based singer first gained notoriety fronting the avant-funk band Ladybug Stingray, a band that combined performance art with abstract dance grooves. With that band she performed from coast to coast, from NYC’s Webster Hall, to Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory, to LA’s Whiskey A-Go-Go. She also headlined The Wassaic Project’s summer festival twice. As a solo artist, she’s channeled the adventurousness, theatrics, and dynamics of Ladybug Stingray into a distinct personal aesthetic that’s groove based but also ambient and boldly emotional.
Falling From The Sun is the result of someone with inimitable style, with such a distinct and strong vision she was able to write, direct, and star in her own sonic movie. “I just wanted to be involved in all aspects. I had Pro Tools at home and I keep getting deeper and closer to the songs,” she says summing up the process, before adding with a laugh, “I’m just super-curious and super-stubborn. I feel there is nothing I can’t do, even when there is.”