If you don’t yet know White Sea by name, you’ve most definitely already heard the soaring voice behind the moniker. Since 2008’s Saturdays = Youth, Morgan Kibby has sung and played keys with M83 (oh yeah, and she co-wrote “Midnight City”). But with her just-out debut solo LP, In Cold Blood, the Alaska-born, Los Angeles-dwelling singer, writer, and producer handily establishes herself as a solo force. Taking cues from Kate Bush, Prince, and Joni Mitchell, White Sea sounds at once operatic and intimate, wild and carefully assembled. And at the center of all that electronically amplified songcraft is Kibby herself. Above, you can watch as she sits down in front of the piano at Shabby Road Studios in Brooklyn and, well, simply stuns. Stripped down to its most core elements, “They Don’t Know” somehow sounds even larger than it does on In Cold Blood, which is saying a lot.
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