Track Of The Week – Berta Kennedy – Free-Swimming

Berta Kennedy is a contemporary indie/alt-pop producer and singer/songwriter with a distinct sound inspired by the likes of Ravyn Lenae, Justin Timberlake and Alt- J. Brewing a fresh blend of 90’s RnB and current alt-rock, her music is charismatically experimental as it welcomes you into a kaleidoscope of homemade textures and fierce hooks. A dexterous talent, Berta writes, performs and records from home, before mixing and mastering the tracks herself.

Her most recent single, Cycles (and its B-side a Tomorrow Thing), have been featured on BBC Radio Scotland multiple times. Following this recognition, Berta was selected to perform at the Resonate Music Conference 2020 at St. Luke’s, Glasgow. Berta Kennedy has also been acknowledged on Vic Galloway’s (BBC Radio Scotland) 25 Scottish Artists to Watch in 2021. Gigs on the horizon include support slots for the Brooke Combe show at King Tuts Summer Nights, John Rush at St. Luke’s, and a BBC Live Session at the Quay.

Her latest single, Free-Swimming, is a vibrant pop song jam-packed with hooks and sporting a unique marine theme. This aquatic-inspired and electrifying instrumental contains looped electric guitar riffs and as well as a 1950’s doo-wop-meets-rock vocal. Grounding the fusion of styles and packaging them up as alt-pop, the synthesiser, 808 beat and crisp pop-production give the song a modern and fresh sound. Free-Swimming
submerges its listeners – quite literally – into a different place.

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