Music and magic go hand-in-hand. They both surround us. They’re both intangible. They both can be life-changing. DRÆMINGS, the musical incarnation of singer and multi-instrumentalist Kimi Recor, conjures up an indescribable, intoxicating, and infectious post punk-kissed alternative on her 13-track Sumerian Records debut, The Eternal Lonesome. Produced by Eric Palmquist [The Bad Suns, Trash Talk, Night Riots] and featuring performances by A Perfect Circle’s Jeff Friedl [drums] and Matt McJunkins [bass], it explores what the songstress describes as a, “Period of heartbreak” through lush instrumentation and a siren vocal swell.
Long before that broken heart, Kimi spent her childhood in the idyllic woods outside of Munich. She discovered music via an Ace of Base cassette tape, which she played until it warped. Relocating to a Colorado suburb, the budding artist dealt with the culture shock by retreating into the sounds of The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and My Bloody Valentine.
Stealing away to San Francisco at 17-years-old, she taught herself guitar, keys, bass, and drums and began playing in projects around the local scene. After a dark spell in New York mired in addiction, she returned west, kicked the habit, and immersed herself in creating. A final move saw her trade San Francisco for Los Angeles.
Over the course of one weekend after what she refers to as “biggest breakup I’ve gone through,” she wrote and recorded DRÆMINGS’ five-song demo entirely on her own.
“It was the first time I’d ever done anything without a band from writing and recording to performing,” she recalls. “That’s how DRÆMINGS began.”
Sumerian Records stumbled upon the demo’s Soundcloud page and offered her a deal. Signing to the label, she dove right into making The Eternal Lonesome. Now, its first single “Area 51” shuffles between eighties-style synths and a heavy backbeat into her entrancing howl.
“I wrote it about being in love with somebody who’s also a musician,” Kimi explains. “When you love someone who’s a traveling artist, you always know that person is a going to leave. It’s only semi-permanent. The two of you are never going to be in the same place at the same time for long. It’s vagabond love. You let people go, and you’re okay with it. I’ve always been with artists and had to accept they’re going to love their art more than they love me, because I love my art more than anyone.”
The title encapsulates an overarching theme for the entire body of work. “It’s a summation of this part of my life,” she goes on. “We all feel that way. Loneliness is the human condition. It’s why we’re on dating apps and always trying to meet people. It’s what motivates us and drives us to move forward to succeed. That eternal feeling will always be inside us. I don’t think it’s a negative thing. Loneliness is such a beautiful inspiring thing. I want to share that.”
Fall under DRÆMINGS’ wonderfully dark spell.