PHOTO COURTESY OF MATTHEW KANBERGS.
Memories and dreams are endless sources of nostalgia. Both poignant and private, the feelings they evoke are unique, and for New York-based singer-songwriter Jenna Kyle, they are also an infinite source of content from which she derives music. Kyle’s newest track, the ethereal “Dust,” which premieres exclusively below, stems from that very wistfulness and, fittingly, arrived while Kyle was asleep.
“I wrote the initial verse and chorus of ‘Dust’ in one sitting at 5 A.M. when I woke up with the melody and lyrics running through my head,” Kyle recalls. “I had to get up and record it on my voice memos on my phone.” More than merely a fit of early morning creativity, the song stuck; the next day she added verses and worked on the chords, and in the following months she performed it throughout her travels, continuing to develop it before deciding to produce it.
For Kyle, “Dust” is ultimately about the struggle to remain present. The lyrics (“You make me feel like a star / And I’m lost in your endless night”), combined with a surreal mixture of synth beats and her melodic voice, convey a sense of living inside a reverie. “It’s sort of like when you wake up from a beautiful dream and want to drop back into that world,” says Kyle. “But can’t fall back asleep, and you really need to go get up and face reality. You can never really go back.”
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