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There are those artists who simply latch onto a passing musical trend and ride its coattails until all the momentum and creative energy has been leached away and recycled into the next transitory movement. And then there are musicians like Kindora, who turn a kaleidoscopic view of pop into something that reflects a grander view of music, but who also delight in detailing the small wonders that exist when people stop actively dissecting music and simply open their ears and listen.

Much like her resolute musical influences (which include James Blake, The Weeknd and Portishead), Kindora and her music exist without the need for genres and labels—not that they’d do you much good anyway. She manages to find that delicate balance between subdued electronic experimentation and earthy R&B rhythms, all the while gliding through glistening and ethereal pop landscapes.

Her exploration of these ghostly and otherworldly musical backdrops came at an early age when she believed that a skeleton was living in the wall of her bathtub. She told her grandmother about the skeleton, who then proceeded to tell her that if she sang to the “ghosts” they’d leave her alone. Kindora has lived by this advice ever since.

After releasing a cover of Portishead’s “Roads” on YouTube, she was contacted by the two people who would help her realize her dream of recording the music that had been swirling around in her head. Musician Jimmy Sowell (AKA Nerdork) convinced her that she needed to get out and show people why they needed to hear her music, and she then proceeded to collaborate with him on “IDK,” which wound up being her first guest spot. The cover also caught the ear of Trenton, GA musician/producer Rock Floyd who has produced all of Kindora’s solo material.

Resolute in her belief that music should come with no restraints or guidelines, Kindora has continued to sing to the “ghosts” in her life and has strived to give them a musical voice of their own. Whether she’s kicking around ‘80s pop theatrics or ‘90s R&B rhythms or even a touch of modern synth-pop, her music never feels like the sum of a few disparate parts. Cohesion and rhythmic fluidity come hand in hand in her songs, and Kindora seems to be the chosen sonic channel through which these sounds are passed. The ghosts are calling, and all we have to do is listen.

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