Kissed Her Little Sister is the alias of Jeffrey Morisano who is working out of California. Sailor is his second full length album and it is really, really great. Trying to pin a genre to KHLS is difficult; it’s fun singalong indie pop/folk/hiphop/experimental/electronic music. The hip hop and electronic influence isn’t quite as immediate as on High & Low, KHLS’s first album, but they still underpin much of the organic, ramshackle indie pop elements.
It sort of sounds like as if Owen Ashworth and Yoni Wolf sat down with some indie rock bands (for some reason Arms kept coming to mind as I listen to this album, I think due to the vocals on Catfish, the 9+ minute closer), decided to make an album of ragged campfire songs and then hired a group of carefree teenagers to sing along (I mean this in an entirely positive way). In this mish mash of sounds and influences lies most of Sailor’s appeal. It’s eclectic and it’s fun and it’s catchy, but it also isn’t afraid to experiment. The collision of genres could easily grate, but this doesn’t. It remains fresh and endearing after repeated listens and still sounds as good today (maybe due to the fact the sun is finally shining here in the UK) as it did when I first listened almost a month ago. The best news of all is that the album is completely free from the band’s Bandcamp page.
NOTE – Kissed Her Little Sister’s first album is also available for free from Bandcamp. I’d thoroughly recommend you check that out while you’re downloading Sailor. It even features a sneaky sample of the Inspector Gadget theme tune.