Kiirstin Marilyn tributes her late brother through her six-track EP, Kristoffer, released on Nov 10. The opening track, “Beyond the Bad,” underscores raw emotion with swelling string arrangements and rhythmic guitars. Kiirstin’s delicate yet passionate vocals carry the weight of nostalgia and loss, capturing the essence of her late brother’s memory. The lyrics provide a deeply personal insight into the emotional turmoil of coping with the absence of a loved one.
The Kristoffer unfolds with a mix of introspection and reminiscence, with each track serving as a musical chapter in Kiirstin’s tribute and grieving process. The last composition “Older” stands out, featuring whimsical guitar strumming and the artist’s sweet and soft vocals. In this track, Kiirstin illustrates her insouciant storytelling tone, reflecting on the bond between siblings and the passage of time as they grow up. If you have ever lost a brother(I have) or any loved one, you should understand exactly what it is like to bathe in the enduring power of remembrance and growing reflection and philosophy on loss.
The EP also features a bonus cover produced by Adam Tilzer. The standout cover, “To Forgive,” adds diversity to the collection with an intriguing versatility in the music. The cover introduces a propelling and irresistible sound, offering a different perspective while maintaining the EP’s emotional depth. You have to listen to it to feel its vibrance and compare it with other tracks. So what are you waiting for? Listen to all of them!
Kristoffer is available on all streaming platforms through Unuka Records.