Kynsy: “I have a feeling the next bunch of songs are going to be really weird”

From indie beginnings, the Dublin musician is branching out into ever-more-experimental new territory.

Ciara Lindsey has always strived to do something a little out of the ordinary. While most kids at her school in Ireland were spending their time listening to whatever music was being fed to them via the radio, she, meanwhile, was finding inspiration in the music of creative outliers like David Bowie and Talking Heads. “That really lit the spark of, ‘Oh my god, I can be different and it can be cool and interesting,” she reminisces.

Flash forward several years and she’s doing just that with her musical project Kynsy. Inspired by the likes of St. Vincent and Micachu & The Shapes, she first made her introduction with 2020’s indie-pop leaning single ‘Cold Blue Light’. But Kynsy always fostered a love of experimentation and, honing her craft over the next few years, her musical vision manifested itself more clearly in this year’s genre-spanning ‘Something To Do With Love’ EP.

“I love songwriting, but what’s really important to me as an artist is creating something different,” she explains. “I feel like in the future, if I don’t protect this authenticity, or protect my vision, even though I might be mad and I might make no money at the end of it, I’m just gonna beat myself up.”

“I’d love to influence another young 15-year-old with something a bit strange and a bit more experimental.”

Currently working on new music, recently she’s been pushing herself by leaning into writing around a loop (as opposed to a guitar) due to its ability to allow her to access more “interesting” ideas in her brain. “I have a feeling the next bunch of songs are going to be really weird,” she laughs. “They’re probably going to alienate people!

“I’ve sort of been writing songs that are self-affirmations,” she continues. “Trying to work through a problem with songwriting and talking about it like that. At first I was writing a lot about pain and anxiety and mental health, and writing these self-affirmations for myself, but then I began to experiment with production too. It’s still at the very start of the process and it will probably be a while before I figure it out, but I’m looking forward to it! It’s fun to figure these things out, you know?”

Still playing with ideas for what boundaries she wants to push next with her music, Kynsy’s ultimate goal is to create a body of work that has her own unique slant to it - just like the music that first inspired her when she was starting out. “I’d love to influence another young 15-year-old with something a bit strange and a bit more experimental,” she smiles. “Like, ‘You can do this! You can push the boat out as much as you want!’”

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