Chattanooga’s resident pop-R&B mad scientist Kindora couldn’t care less about labels or trends. Her work is a riotous amalgam of fluorescent influences, spilling over with throbbing pop arrangements and grove-addled R&B rhythms. Accompanied her usual co-conspirator producer-rapper Rock Floyd, she turns genres inside out, exploring the guts of her inspirations and adapting them to suit her own needs and desires.
This process of musical reorganization is laid out in spectacular fashion on her most recent release, the 5-track EP, “5 for 5.” Bursting with vivid melodies and fissured pop landscapes, the record serves as a way for her to work through the luminous noises and melodic echoes that lope around in her subconscious. Even in its brief length, it possesses a treasure trove of eccentric rhythmic ideas and clever pop accumulations.
Kindora recently shared the video for “5 for 5”-cut “I’m Shy,” a particularly catchy slice of luminous pop filled with wavy synths, throbbing beats and her own wraithlike voice. The track plays around with the foundations of a handful of genres, sidestepping easy characterization and embracing the various temperaments of the sounds which she so effortlessly molds and adapts into a strain of mutated R&B and pop.
Directed by The Digggers, and co-starring Bobbi Superbody, the clip is packed full of tinted filters, overexposed images and VHS-era graphics. This mass of vibrant hues and nostalgia-soaked videography is set perfectly against the warped melodic landscape of the song. The relationships explored in the video are purposefully vague and ill-defined – and that’s the point. Everything is open to interpretation, and you come away with so many questions. Chief among them: what’s going to happen to Kindora and Bobbi? Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of them together.