Kimie’ album, ‘To the Sea’ was released March 5, 2013. It has gotten a following on iTunes in the reggae lists and local radio stations in Hawaii have been playing ‘Shame on You’ in heavy rotation for months now. Everyone has been waiting for more!
The wait has been worth it. The ‘more’ that Kimie’ has been working on so hard is a look into an artist’s soul. She holds nothing back; from her island pride to her personal life, she lays it all out there and invites us to get to know her through her music.
This album was produced independently by Kimie’ through a Kickstarter campaign in late 2012.
“Meeting my goal and actually producing the album proved to be a challenge, but thanks to all of my fans and supporters. The whole experience really made me appreciate the album that much more and especially each and every person who contributed to it. This is for them.”
The EP includes seven tracks. They are a mix of acoustic, reggae and soul with a nice dose of that island vibe, perfect to take the listener on a relaxing, yet fun musical get-away:
- To the Sea
- Shame on You
- Make Me Say
- Living in the City
- Is This Love
According to iTunes, the highest rated track on the EP is Make Me Say (featuring Imua Garza). When I spoke with Kimie’ she was very excited about collaborating with long time friend Garza.
Imua and I actually wrote the original version of this song almost 10 years ago. We would jam together while attending Kamehameha Schools. I really wanted to include it on this album and so we went back in to his studio and re-recorded it. Imua also helped produce and play instruments on 3 other songs including Living in the city, To the Sea, and Haters. Hawaii is full of talented musicians and I’m so stoked to know some of the best ones!
While listening to title track To the Sea, I could feel the raw, emotions of a person going through something major in their life. It is an intimate track full of passion and made even more special when Kimie’ chants in Hawaiian.
I wrote To the Sea when I was going through a difficult time in my life. I felt like people expected me to be something I am not. I had to remind myself that every mountain can crumble and every man can fall. Nobody’s perfect. I grew up learning lessons from the bible and used these stories of strength/courage in comparison. This song is important to this album because its a time of transition for me. In Hawaiian culture we know that the ocean is cleansing. It rids us of our inequities and sins. Baptizing. The sea also keeps us isolated and separates Hawaii from the rest of the world. I have now crossed the ocean to expand my horizons in Cali and that’s why I named my album TO THE SEA. At the end of the song I sing I ka malu, i ka malia (malia has a kahako over the a), i ka malino. I kai ala. This means to the shelter, to the quiet, to the calm, to the sea.
I asked Kimie’ about my personal favorite track, Living in the City, from her EP.
I originally wrote Living in the City when I was 19 and living in San Diego. After traveling to different cities like Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New York I revisited this song and reworked some of the lyrics. I also worked with Jeff Barry to add additional lyrics to the song. It was definitely a group effort to create this track- my girl Yoza a singer/songwriter from Hawaii, Imua Garza, and Scott Wilks from Blue Planet Studio all helped in the composition. The saxophone part (played by Antti Suzuki) was not originally in the song. We were doing everything via Skype (thank God for technology!). While I was touring the mainland with Anuhea in November, Scott was in his studio in Hawaii with different players and surprised me by adding in this part. I absolutely LOVE it!! This song portrays all of the feelings and experiences that I’ve had in the city. The joys and the pains, the hardships, the excitements, the loneliness, and the opportunities all wrapped up in this concrete jungle jazzy tune.
To the Sea is the perfect EP to take us into spring 2013. If you want to see Kimie’ live, she will be coming home to Hawaii to play a few shows in support of To the Sea:
- April 5, 2013 – Hilo (Karma’s, 10 p.m.)
- April 12, 2013 – Maui (Stella Blues, 6 p.m.)
- April 13, 2013 – O’ahu (Surfer Bar, 8:30 p.m.
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