THE EVOLUTION OF CHARLENE KAYE
What I like about the story of Charlene Kaye’s musical career is that it represents an inner struggle many artists face. There is a lot of second guessing and often times you lose sight of not only your goals but yourself. Charlene had a budding solo career that she purposely put on halt, as she was putting a lot of pressure on herself, feeling unhappy with what she was creating. When the opportunity arose to join San Fermin, she took it and never looked back. This decision ultimately helped her to find herself and is evident in her new EP Honey, which debuted recently under the new moniker, KAYE. The EP is really great, and it’s the type of pop music I wish was in the mainstream. It’s unique, genuine and 100% Charlene Kaye. I was able to catch KAYE in action during their headlining EP release show at Mercury Lounge.
This music video mimics Weezer’s video for “Undone – The Sweater Song“
THURSDAY 08/18/16 – NEW YORK, NEW YORK
I arrived at Mercury Lounge minutes before KAYE’s set time. It was a full house and I made my way towards the front. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect, then Charlene appeared almost like a superhero, dressed in a tight black vinyl romper and a bright yellow jacket full of frills. I knew right away that this wasn’t going to be some piano, acoustic guitar type of solo performance. Backed by a full band, KAYE kicked off the show full of energy that got the crowd going from the first note. I immediately noticed how tight they sounded. I could hear every note from every instrument, from synth samples to guitars to their flawless vocal harmonies.