Kirsty Rockbest known worldwide as a member of the internationally acclaimed reggae supergroup Easy Star All-Stars, brings the fire with his own distinctive, soulful, earthy reggae sound on his debut solo album, Slow Burn, out now on Easy Star Records. The release coincides with an official video release of the title track, which was a collaboration between acrobatic dancer Julia Baccellier, Rock and longtime Rock collaborator D888. Rock says of the video: “The visuals and movement are an unveiling in which we accentuate the beauty of this journey – vulnerability, loss and ultimately empowerment. It’s a personal journey with a message. Stream the album here and watch the video here.
Kirsty Rock appeared on the Brooklyn music scene in the 1990s, including her famous stint in the Trumystic Sound System (at one time that group included Dr. Israel as a member and collaborator). Her first lead vocal with Easy Star All-Stars was on their 2003 album Dub Side of the Moon, performing “The Great Gig In The Sky”, which garnered millions of streams and received praise from vocalist Clare Torry. original by Pink. The far side of Floyd’s moon. In 2003 she joined the touring version of Easy Star All-Stars and since then she has toured over 30 countries on 6 continents with the band. She was featured on vocals on their studio albums Radiodread (“Paranoid Android”, 2006), Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (“She’s Leaving Home”, 2009) and Easy Star’s Thrillah (“PYT (Pretty Young Thing)”, 2012) , as well as on First Light, the band’s 2008 album of original songs. Rock is currently back on the road with ESA after a COVID hiatus, while there’s a new record from the band for the premiere. times since 2012.
Lead single “The Feeling” may seem like the album’s lightest song, it was “the hardest and most cathartic to write,” Rock recently said. “It’s a reminder to me that when we release grief, grief, pain and anger, it leaves so much room for love and joy.” His next single, “LEO”, vibrates with a steady bass groove and percussion that draws you in with the lyrics of Rock: “The space between us draws me in with thoughts darker than your skin. It’s amazing. Burn my solar wings and carry me to LEO”
Many of Slow Burn’s songs began on the road with Easy Star All-Stars and with his own longtime band Trumystic, as rock often found inspiration in motion. With a packed touring schedule, no intentions of being a solo artist, and no rush to release a “product,” she left all expectations behind and let the songs evolve. Observing how relationships unfolded and how political agendas came and went – and what remained in their wake – inspired much of the record’s lyrical content. After the bones of the songs were recorded at her home in Vermont, Rock began reaching out to her friends to breathe more life into the fire until eventually the record was on fire.
The first completed tracks were co-produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated producer (and longtime friend and collaborator) Matt Stein (Method Man & Redman, DMX, Jason Mraz, Bill Laswell, Blondie). The rest of the album featured many of Rock’s closest collaborators in Easy Star All-Stars, including guitarist/vocalist Shelton Garner Jr. (who co-produced some of the songs), keyboardist/vocalist Elenna Canlas ( who also co-produced the title track, while co-writing and performing on others), drummers Ivan Katz and Cliff Simpson, and the horn section of Jennifer Hill, Buford O’Sullivan and Matt Bauder. Keyboardist Matt Goodwin – also a member of The Movement – participated in some sessions, while bassist Nate Edgar of John Brown’s Body and The Nth Power also created grooves. Easy Star All-Stars bassist Ras Droppa is a featured vocalist and bassist on the track “It’s Not The Same”. Other veteran reggae horn players including Pam Fleming (Burning Brass), Anant Pradhan and Billy Aukstick also contributed. As you can see, Rock really called on his extended musical family to complete this labor of love.
Slow Burn is an amazing “debut” for Kirsty Rock. She is already working on new songs and is looking forward to putting this music on the road with ESA and on her own in the coming year.