Stuck On Play Everyday - White Sea's "Never a Woman"
By Spike Brendle
This week, I have Spotify to thank for not working. While being a dad and getting frustrated troubleshooting Bluetooth in my car, I don’t have time for apps not cooperating. I pulled up Soundcloud and let MUNA start me off, with “similar” bands to follow. A few songs later, I was gifted with White Sea’s “Never a Woman.” I had to pull over immediately and investigate the song; I wasn’t about to lose this track. I took a screenshot and continued my drive, looking forward to exploring everything about this when I got home.
My first go-to was Spotify. I had to see how much music was out there, when it came out, and why I haven’t heard of this before. “Never a Woman” was released on October 13, 2015. At this point, I haven’t missed much. Upon further investigation, I then saw that her first release was in 2011, she later released a full length in 2014, and did the entire soundtrack for the movie “Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story),” which was released just last week. At this point, I am still okay with myself not ever hearing about White Sea.
The real shocker came when I read up on her bio. White Sea is the moniker/solo project of Morgan Kibby, better known for her work as keyboardist, vocals, and arrangements for a band called M83. First off, cheers to you Kibby, for being a complete badass. Now, on to the music.
The track starts out with a simple 80’s sounding synth starting the beat of the song, and even a quick echoed “chh ahh, chh ahh” and jumps right into the chorus: “The city is a killer // The city is killing me // And I’m never a woman, never a woman.” These vocals play off as if Debbie Harry sang through Victoria LeGrande’s vocal set up, but with a little more feathery texture. Once the verses hit, the feeling of intimacy sets in. Like Kibby is talking to you only, handing you excuse after excuse why she can’t find love. Again, she channels the 80’s, but this time in the style of something HAIM would conjure up. After a slightly non-stimulating guitar solo (turn it up to eleven, come on) Kibby lets her falsetto take the wheel after another chorus and drive all the way up to Matt Bellamy territory, but in a “crazy girl finally letting loose” sort of way. Just one more bar and the song is done. She sealed the deal on a solid single to promote her upcoming full length, to be released later this year.