DRÆMINGS is the enigmatic project and artistic persona of Kimi Recor. In true auteur fashion, she swirls a myriad of emotions, brooding synths, and throwback digi-beats into a dark pop vortex of sonics. The result is melodically mesmerizing. Here’s her latest single, “Like A Ghost,” off her forthcoming album The Eternal Lonesome (Sumerian Records).
“I’m passing through you…”
And here’s its aptly psychedelic music video:
We wanted to know more about the ethereal songstress, so we recently interviewed her as photographer Kristin Cofer shot some pics.
Is it really true that you were once a teenage gangster rapper?
“I may or may not have been in a all girl gangster rap band called No Condom Whatever. We made our beats in GarageBand v1.0 and dressed like Courtney Love meets Too $hort. We were definitely all bleach blond and drunk 100% of the time. It was $hort lived, but legendary.”
Is there a story behind the origin of your moniker?
“I went through a really crazy heartbreaker of a breakup and the only thing that gave me any relief was music and my dreams. During the worst of it, I spent an entire weekend writing five songs which became my first EP demo. I wanted my project to reflect all my dreams –both those I created while awake and those that came to me while I was sleeping. For some reason the word DRÆMINGS felt like it encompassed all my dreams, hopes, nightmares, and disappointments.”
Are you still involved in any side projects?
“I never quit anything, I just go on hiatus. I’m still writing with Black Flamingo. Tete and Bleach Egg are still out there as well. Whitney, my partner in Bleach Egg, and I got really crazy busy with our own projects last year but we still have an EP full of unreleased songs. I always want to collaborate and create with people. Right now I’m working on dance songs with my friend Ed aka UFO!. He is a goddamn genius and we have so much fun.”
You were recently signed by the metal label Sumerian Records. What makes your music is so universally appealing?
“I’ve always been really attracted to unconventional methods. When Ash [Avildsen], the owner of Sumerian, approached me about working with me, I was really attracted to how excited he was about music. Sumerian is definitely not known for alt-pop acts and they’ve never really had a girl artist so it felt like it could be a cool adventure to go on. And so far it has been!
What can you tell us about your forthcoming album The Eternal Lonesome?
“I made this album with Eric Palmquist at Palmquist Studios in Alhambra. It is a true labor of love. Eric and I researched and listened to so many influential artists spanning from Ace of Base to My Bloody Valentine and spent a lot of time creating a sound library to draw from. It was such a luxury to be able to spend so much time perfecting each thing. I’m so used to DIYing and pulling things together in a really hurried fashion that it was such a different experience. These songs definitely represent a big chapter in my life and I’m glad I got to chronicle them with such a great producer. It’s a heavy, dark, and dreamy album with a lot of hooks. Look for it late Spring or early Summer 2016 via Sumerian Records.”
DRÆMINGS will perform on January 17th at The Echo for FOMO Fest.