In September of last year, Kacy Hill, former American Apparel model hailing from Phoenix, left performing as a back-up dancer on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour to begin pursuing her music career. Soon after leaving the tour, she released her first single “Experience” a dreamy up-tempo electronic beat accompanied by Hill’s dark and sensual vocals locking the listener in from beginning to end. Coming off the buzz of that release, previous employer Kanye signed her to his G.O.O.D Music label.
Now 21 and recently contributing a vocal feature on fellow G.O.O.D Music artist Travis Scott’s well reviewed debut album Rodeo this year, Hill released her first project Bloo -EP earlier this week. Consisting of three new tacks and two remix from DJ’s Yung Gud and Bodhi, Hill described the collection in a recent Fader interview as “a calm introduction to what I would like to accomplish musically.”
Fans of artists like James Blake, FKA Twigs, and CHVRCHES will find many similarities in production on the track “Foreign Fields” with a stripped back rework of Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream”. Vocally, Hill softly weaves deceivingly simple lyrics throughout the rise and fall of a haunting synth. The highlight of the project is “Arm’s length”, a powerfully empowering ballet where Hill sings from the point of view of a lover who is feed up from being strung along in a relationship. She delivers each line of the chorus with such force that it leaves the lyrics ringing in the listeners’ ears “You can’t love me this way/You can’t keep me in chains.”
If you are looking for a new and upcoming female artist, give Kacy Hill a listen. You can find a download and stream of Bloo – EP here.