kendra mckinley

There’s still no official release date for her promised sophomore record Treat, but we get another look into the sweetly dramatic musical life of Kendra McKinley with her brand new video for “Honey.”

Right off the heels of her video release for “Party Mask,” McKinley is at it again with ’60s flair with a video that’s set up like a vintage Bond movie: psychedelic cut screens, stark zoom-outs on McKinley as the subject in calculatedly seductive garb, and roaming bass lines and skittering drums that would be at home on any classic soundtrack. But what shakes up the classic Bond narrative is that we get the story from McKinley’s point of view. Sidebar: Her eyeliner is amazing and whoever her makeup artist is deserves some recognition.

With the contrast of her vintage musings indoors and the starkness of the present-day Mission outside, the video is a perfect visualization of the modern spin she mixes with her embodiment of retro artistic flavor. It’s totally apparent once again that she has a knack for making music that’s effortlessly sultry and sweet, especially when she’s singing about a metaphoric sweet tooth for honey. But below the surface are intricate melodies and peculiar syncopation that make next listens worth it. McKinley is always noted for embracing her upbringing of 1960s pop like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, but I’d even venture to say that her music is equally informed by French chanteuses like Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy. Take a listen for yourself below!

She’ll be making her next live ‘n’ local appearance in next week’s Awaken Cafe Songwriter’s Circle, where she’s likely to be unveiling some of that coveted new material from her new record in conversation with some other great local artists.

An Evening with Kendra McKinley, Lalin St. Juste, Laura Weinbach, and Jeremy Lyon
Awaken Cafe
May 13, 2016
8pm, $13