“Cubic Zirconia” By Katy Kirby
Following the success of her debut album Cool Dry Place, Katy Kirby has announced her forthcoming LP will be released ANTI- Records. Ahead of the album’s arrival, the artist sharing her first track today, entitled “Cubic Zirconia.” Wrapping up this summer and heading into early fall Kirby and her band will perform at the End of the Road, Electric Picnic and Austin City Limits music festivals.
Speaking to the process of writing the track and its deeper meanings, Kirby explains: “I’ve been trying to write this song for nearly four years, but it only came into focus for me when I fell in love with a girl for the first time. It’s an attempt to say something that I don’t think I’m smart enough to articulate outside of the song–something about how much I admire when someone is unembarrassed of being explicit about the cosmetic and aesthetic choices they make for themselves. Why wouldn’t you love the little tricks of their trade–the way they wear makeup, the clothes and mannerisms that make them feel safest and most themselves– why wouldn’t these little tricks be the most endearing artifacts of their inner essence? If you loved someone, why would you not love those choices? It’s an honor to get that close to someone–close enough to see how they construct the image of themselves with which they move through the world as best they can (as we all do). Why wouldn’t that be enough?
Cubic Zirconia! A lab-grown diamond. A salute to whatever the world looks down on as “artificial”—even a defense of artifice. It seems like naturalness is not only a dangerously vague and subjective concept, but that whenever those concepts get invoked, the invoker is almost invariably being manipulative or even malicious. Insofar as the line between authentic/fake, natural/unnatural, organic/synthetic artificial/genuine is hopelessly thin. Insofar as it’s a line that shifts constantly and doesn’t seem to be in anyone’s interest except the people who’ve decided that they’re the most qualified to draw that line. What a useless concept. What an extremely suspicious concept to leverage in assessing someone’s worth. What a sanctimonious little scam!”
Raised as an evangelical Christian in a small town outside of Austin, Texas where she sang in church services, Kirby moved to Nashville to attend college and began to expand her musical palette and belief systems. She began releasing music in 2018 and announced ‘Cool Dry Place’ in late 2020. Now living in Brooklyn, Kirby has been spending a lot of her time on the road, touring with Waxahatchee, Andy Shauf, Pinegrove, Julia Jacklin and more.
Katy Kirby 2023 Tour Dates
8/31 – 9/3 – Dorset, England @ End of the Road Festival
9/1 – Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
10/8 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
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