Kira Isabella is back with her latest EP, Side A released November 23rd, 2018. Her latest cut is edgy, redefining, and definitely a new angle for Kira.
We’ve watched her mature over the years. We first heard her with the singles, “Real Good Radio,” “A Little More Work,” and “Love Me Like That,” among other tracks that featured playful lyrics, a young, but powerful voice, and the “country barbie” charm Kira has been known for.
Side A shows a transition from this young, talented teenager into this powerful female vocalist with not only a new sound, but newfound presence. I can’t help but turn to the radio when “Little Girl” comes on.
Known as a storyteller, wanting to connect with her audience from personal experience, Kira Isabella has tackled teenage troubles and some serious topics in the past. Side A is no different in its concept, but this new direction speaks to the audience that’s grown up with her in a new way.
We can’t help but be pulled in by “Little Girl,” as it depicts a naive girl, unburdened by the realities of the world. While the music itself is contagious, the lyrics are a lesson for young women to take charge of their lives, be defined only by their own hard work and success, not that of anyone else who tries to tell them what to do. Something we should all know, but sometimes forget when you come face-to-face with the defining moments and influential people.
“Danger Danger,” the EP’s second track shares a similar message of independence and taking chances, and taking danger as a sign of opportunity. She challenges the typical fight-response that young people are drawn toward when opportunity seems risky. This follows up perfectly to “Little Girl”.
The third track,“Handcuffs” continues with the badass theme of being in control. Kira’s sassy side comes out. Following in suit with the previous two songs, “Handcuffs” is dramatic and assertive, reminding us she’s a force to be reckoned with.
“Stupid Heart” is more reflective, bringing Side A to a more soulful side. It’s telling of dedicated romantics and the pain that comes with being a hopeless romantic. It shows a relaxed side of the powerful singer, allowing for this transparency we’ve seen previously. This song really allows for that to be at the forefront of a song.
The closing track “I Don’t Wanna Know” is a humbling reminder that even the strongest, most confident, danger-seeking people get their hearts broken. Humans are flawed, and no one can escape heartbreak.
Side A is reflective not only of lessons young people learn as they move into their twenties, but a kick in the ass reminder to embrace the life experiences you’ve encountered and let these influence the person you become in the best way.
We’re so excited to see Kira’s new look, her new sound, and her same roots. We’ve heard rumours of Side B being released in the New Year, but for now, we’ll be listening to Side A on repeat!