Sara Kendall is one of the up-and-coming young talents in Boston. The Massachusetts native and current Berklee College of Music student taps into the heart of the singer-songwriter tradition but augments that sound with electronics. The core of vocals and piano is highlighted in songs like “Patient Hand,” letting the strength and warmth of her voice carry. The more electronic sound found on “Nightingale” retains the power of Sara’s captivating voice, while expanding the overall feel; this is still an intimate song, but with the production enlarging and developing its atmosphere. Think something along the lines of Burlington-now-NYC’s tooth ache. or Jabberwocky featuring Elodie Wildstars; in other words, well-crafted pop songs with a strong dance/electronica vibe.
The music video for “Nightingale,” which features a minimalist set highlighting a pair of dancers, embodies the contrast in Sara Kendall’s music. There is a fragility to the movement and to the balance between light and dark that reflects the dichotomy between her affinities for the singer-songwriter and electronica strains. The figures are contained within the frame mostly by negative space, but like the song, their power is created through the movement of fragile forms within that space.
Keep your eyes peeled for Sara Kendall’s EP coming out in the near future.