London based singer-songwriter Keeva has released a new single ‘The Kindest Thing’ her first new music since the excellent ‘Whiskey’ appeared late last year. ‘The Kindest Thing’ is taken from her upcoming EP the intriguingly titled ‘Four Sad Songs and a Ballad’ due October 26th. ‘The Kindest Thing’ features the kind of songwriting honesty that I’m sure will strike a chord with many listeners. A stream of the single and a little more about Keeva follows:
Produced by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, SOAK) ‘The Kindest Thing’ is accompanied by B-side, ‘Pieces’ and follows shows earlier this year at The Great Escape, Kansas Smitty’s and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
For London-based, half-Jordanian half-Irish Keeva, ’The Kindest Thing’ sprang from the rawest of betrayals, following the end of a long-term relationship dominated by infidelities. “When it ended,” says Keeva; “I realised the kindest thing he ever did for me was to leave. It’s a very reflective song and I feel pain and sadness for my past self who lived through that, as I'm sure many others can relate to. Thankfully the pain has subsided and I’m in a far better place now.” The bruised source material is tempered with a self-aware sense of humour - Keeva shrugs off the writing of ‘The Kindest Thing’ in a single voice memo whilst lying on her bathroom floor as “The single most stereotypically heartbroken thing I’ve ever said! But to write the song was necessary, cathartic, and I'm very happy with how it all came together in the studio.”
Emerging with ‘Whiskey’ in late 2017, Keeva’s sound is borne out in the truly timeless quality of ‘Four Sad Songs and a Ballad’. Inspired by several generations of poets, playwrights and musicians in her own family - Keeva’s debut EP is vulnerable, assured, warm and unashamedly honest.