It’s been a couple of weeks now since we first wrapped our ears around On The Surface, the debut EP from Kiara Eve. But for that entire time, we’ve barely stopped spinning it. The EP is absolutely huge. Although it only flaunts four tracks, the EP showcases a well-developed and completely immersive sound.
So we caught up with Kiara Eve for a run-down on each of the EP’s four songs. Take it away, Kiara…
Want to dive a little deeper into Kiara Eve’s amazing debut EP On The Surface? We caught up with the artist herself for a complete track-by-track run-down.
Sirens was written about the moment when you first meet someone and they set off those internal alarm bells. The song is narratively set after you’ve gone there against your better judgment and you’re looking back at the situation realising that you made a mistake. Lyrically and musically, it’s me being totally dramatic, just taking that “alarm bell” idea and filling the song with an urgent vibe so it almost feels like it’s a car chase. Once we had that visual the song came together quite quickly.
I first heard the term “Wallflower” from Perks of Being A Wallflower when I was in school, and just loved the word and meaning. The song is about being that person that usually stays quiet but then gets tipped over the edge and finally puts their foot down. Again, this is me being dramatic about the idea of taking those rose-coloured glasses off. I was listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey at the time so there’s a little Lana influence in this one with the huge, nostalgic, melodramatic feel to it.
I See You
I’ve always been fascinated by the “eyes as a window to your soul” idea. When I started writing the lyrics, I was thinking of someone in my life who was hiding who they really were but with one real look at them and you could see otherwise. It then became a little harder to write, because the more I wrote the more I realised we all hide behind a mask to a certain extent. From the mask idea, I knew early on that I wanted this one to sound like a masquerade ball, so we went with the waltz tempo to create that feeling. Thematically, it’s also touching on Shakespeare’s “all the world’s a stage” quote, we’re all just dancing around wearing masks.
Bury The Memories
Sometimes my lyrics start off as ideas or visuals that I write little short stories on. This one started off as a story about someone returning to their half-empty house after their partner had left them. It’s the absence of their things, their habits and the memories in the house that make it hard to let go. While the lyrics paint a sad picture, we made a decision to have the music dreamy and upbeat so it creates a sad, melancholic contrast.
On The Surface is available now. Listen above.