Kris’ track “Your Memory” from her most recent 5-song EP, “Where do I Begin?”,” is poignant and emotive, showcasing the artist’s vulnerability and rawness. With the accompaniment of a string orchestra and folk harmonies, Kris creates a lamenting atmosphere that perfectly captures the feeling of grief and the weight of carrying on the memory of a departed loved one.
The song’s lyrics reflect Kris’ fear of not being able to uphold the legacy and traditions of the departed loved one or even forgetting about them entirely. Kris’ honesty and transparency in this song are admirable, as it allows for a deep connection between the artist and the listener. Listening to the track makes one feel the sincerity and genuineness of Kris’ emotions.
The subtle teariness and a “choked-up” voice reveal the song’s authenticity. Kris recorded this track with a picture of her Nonna, who passed away years ago, in mind. This personal connection adds to the emotionality and intimacy of the song, creating a heartfelt tribute to the departed loved one.
The production of “Your Memory” is impressive, with perfectly balanced arrangements that allow Kris’ voice to shine while maintaining the melancholic ambiance. The combination of string orchestra and folk harmonies creates a unique and refreshing sound, adding a new dimension to the track.
Kris dives into her experience with loss and the grief that follows on the highly personal ode of “Your Memory.” The inclusion of field recordings adds to the ecosystem she explores. Like being submerged underwater, she emphasizes peacefulness; the way the piano has a powerful stance is low-register and done with passion. Her voice echoes in the vast terrain. Little flourishes of the strings off in the distance give it a classical framing. Word choice has a fairy-tale charm as it drifts into the seemingly infinite. It has a natural rhythm by forgoing percussion and letting the song teem with life.
From the first moment, she lets the sense of nature reign supreme. Bird song fills the air, setting the tone for the rest of the arrangement. Though it does eventually fade away, that sense of life, of reflection, stays constant no matter what else changes about the piece. She uses her ear for melody to significant effect, allowing the song to have the right amount of power behind it. A buildup of the few sparse elements continues, and she keeps them secondary to the strength of her vocals. Like a deep yearning or pining for that which has gone, the way the song reflects upon loss gives it a universal appeal. By the time she reaches the end, the many different patterns have reached their logical conclusion as it all fades away.
“Your Memory” features the patient, painterly persistence of Kris in crafting a lovely, soothing realm.