Illustration for article titled Let 20-Year-Old Hardware Store Clerk Kiiara Stun You With Debut Gold

Christ, this song is good. Kiiara, a 20-year-old new singer-songwriter who lives in Illinois and works a day job at a hardware store, premiered her debut track on Fader last week, and it’s hugely impressive from the jump—catchy and abstract, snapping and glinting and glitching with perfect assurance. This particular sonic space is fairly crowded, too; Marian Hill, Made in Heights, Kacy Hill, to name a few, are all working the sly soprano flirt vocal over a basic, dark, trapdated R&B foundation. But Kiiara’s carved a place with this nonetheless—“Gold,” produced by SZA collaborator Felix Snow, sounds a bit like FKA twigs crossed with Kate Boy, an intersection I wasn’t expecting and is welcome anytime.

Listen below; her debut EP Meet Me in the Cornfield is forthcoming.


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