Two years removed from her last EP Sound I Make – L.A. based singer-songwriter Kirsten Opstad has embarked on her newest project - moons, an ambitious, open-ended undertaking to release a new EP with each successive full moon.
The first offering in the cycle, strawberry (named for June’s Strawberry Moon) is a collection of lo-fi redemption songs for the heartbroken and defiant. Armed with little more than an acoustic guitar, Opstad revisits ex-girlfriends and other ghosts to draw conclusions, gain new truths, and find more in less, growth in loss. At turns polished, playful, and profound, her lyrics are a continuation of the emotional understandings and turn-of-phrase mastery displayed on Sound I Make and 2015’s Stay Strangers. Whether interrogating the big questions (“Will I learn better? / Than to want better?”) or celebrating the minor details (“There’s a stone fruit at the center of a memory”), Opstad has once again proven herself to be a top-notch songwriter, a magnetic poet laureate. Intimate in style and substance, strawberry is a perfect summer campfire companion or the soundtrack to a lonely night in a moonlit apartment. Either way, give it a listen, eat it up – until next month, the next moon.
Kirsten Opstad is a singer-songwriter known to some for the raw, emotional intensity of her writing and performance. She self-produces and releases music under indie label Night Soup. For more recordings, find her on Bandcamp and dig in.