A combination of Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow and Courtney Love, Kaylee Rogers (K4YLEE) is an edgy up-and-coming star. With a blast of attitude, the young rebel from Texas is a force to be reckoned with. Embracing music as a catharsis for her, let’s put it this way, “restrictive lifestyle”, K4YLEE harnessed powerhouse vocals, brutally honest lyricism and eclecticism in her unique sound. Featured on Rising Artists Blog, Less Than 1000 Followers, Edgar Allan Poets and iHeart Radio, the talented songstress is turning heads on an international level. The latest release from K4YLEE is ‘LIES’.
A sonic representation of abusive relationships, ‘LIES’ takes us through the intricacies of this toxic existence. K4YLEE describes the song as wanting to “…tell the story of how I took back the power from my relationship with my abusive father.” Using this personal narrative, she is able to connect with listeners on an intimate level. Moreover, the intimate nature of the lyricism enhances the song’s poignancy – a sophisticated track if ever I heard one.
Traipsing the line between painful vulnerability and empowering inspiration, ‘LIES’ delicately exposes the complexity of toxic relationships. The gruff vocals ooze pain, despair, inner turmoil and eventual introspective sentimentality. The harmonic arrangement of her “rock star voice” and hyped up melody shows maturity way beyond her years. It is this incorporation of sincerity and attitude that makes K4YLEE a “punch in the head”…but a good one. She’s memorable, infectious, anthemic and one of the best artists I have come across this year.
In addition to her single, K4YLEE released an official music video for ‘LIES’. Due to certain lighting effects and rapid image transitions that can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy, I was unable to view the video in its entirety. Watch at your own discretion.