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Plethora

Kissey Asplund

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Album Review

Like a number of tracks on Kissey Asplund's first album, "Beam Me Up" seems to materialize and evaporate rather than begin and end. Half of the time, the Swedish space cadet's either fading in and out of consciousness or singing in her sleep, her multi-tracked voice about as tangible as the aimlessly swarming waves of synths and dotted bass tones. There's more punch to the remainder of Plethora, laced in varying combinations by the French production team PapaJazz, who are — like most other exponents of off-center R&B these days — children of Dilla and Premier, but nothing is quite as hypnotizing as that song, even if it could use some Vulcan lute. Even on the most frictional track, "Fuss'n'fight," where crisply clipped percussion shards encircle lunar bass prods, Asplund darts in and out of the mix, sounding like she didn't want to disturb a cat napping nearby, even though she's delivering an admonishment. The neo-Guaraldi motif and PapaJazz audio logo that appear throughout the album are too cute to tolerate, but apart from those things, the album is obliquely fetching.

Biography

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Initially using the Internet as her main vehicle, Swedish electro-soul singer Kissey Asplund introduced her silky and meandering falsettos on her debut album, Plethora (2008), an ethereal collage of neo-soul, jazz-house and deep house, hip-hop, and abstract broken beat. Born in 1982 to a Swedish father and Grenadian (West Indies) mother, Asplund was raised to be a music performer. Starting at age six she was trained to play a variety of instruments, such as the piano and, of course, her voice, in...
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