NYC Band Blak Emoji Share New Single “Swooning On You”


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Fronted by singer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Warren, NYC band Blak Emoji have shared their latest single, “Swooning On You”. Having built a following and received critical acclaim for their previous work over the last few years, the band’s self-produced and independently released new track is another impressive entry into their growing discography. It follows “Mechanism”, which was released earlier this year, and precedes the band’s forthcoming album due for release in October.

Playing drums since the age of 5 and guitar and piano since the age of 12, Kelsey showcases his full production range on “Swooning On You”, expertly and seamlessly blending together retro pop, R&B, electro and soul – i.e. all the sounds he was immersed in throughout his childhood growing up in South Jersey – with a fresh and modern twist. “I was working on this beat in Logic on and off for a few weeks”, says Kelsey. “I had the drum pattern and bassline down but went back and forth experimenting with sounds and ambient textures for quite a while.

“The lyrics were inspired by a recent conversation, and once the lyrical lightbulb turned on, the melody came out of nowhere. I completed the music, recorded the vocals in a day, put it all together and mixed it. The song describes a 'love at first connection' vibe. That feeling you have when you relate to a person instantly without explanation.”

Having carved out their own lane with a unique sound and style, “Swooning On You” looks set to continue the band’s impressive rise. And with more new music to be unveiled in the coming months in the lead-up to their anticipated new album, they are undoubtedly an act to watch out for over the next year. “Swooning On You” is available to buy/stream now on all platforms:

Tour dates:

Date City Venue
02/10/2021 New York City Rockwood Music Hall


Blak Emoji is the brainchild of NYC producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Warren and bandmates Sylvana Joyce (keyboards/vocals), Bryan Percivall (bass/bass keys) and Max Maples (drummer/arranger). Blending pop, soul and R&B inspirations with an added emphasis on electronic music, synth sounds and intricate writing, Blak Emoji offer something unique and fresh. Their debut EP, INTRO (2017), was the first of several releases, with two albums and a sophomore EP released since then and now a third album due in October 2021 following the release of first single “Mechanism” and new single “Swooning On You”. The band have received acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Afropunk and The Line of Best Fit and have heard their songs featured in several independent films, as well as ABC's Quantico.

The eclectic sound of the band can be traced back to Kelsey’s childhood, where he was immersed in soul, R&B, pop and rock music growing up in South Jersey. And after learning piano concertos, jazz guitar standards, drums and other instruments, Kelsey threw hip-hop, punk and minimalist classical into the mix, which took his sonic journey to new destinations. His music taste expanded further with a dense love of electronic music, dance music and synth inspiration from Kraftwerk to Prince to NIN.

The past year has been a particularly memorable one for Kelsey. In 2020, he miraculously managed to assemble a brief European solo tour, a solo NYC residency and direct a political music documentary. And quarantine didn't prove to slow him down either, spending the duration of the pandemic producing for numerous artists, directing music videos and releasing an avant-electronic instrumental album, Antidote. In the midst of it all, he’s been recording the upcoming Blak Emoji album, and much like the rest of the world, he is more than ready to return to live performances in the near future, so the band are set for a big 2021/2022. “Swooning On You” is out everywhere now on all platforms.

July 9, 2021 3:27am ET by Liberty Music PR  

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