Spend a little bit of time with the ethereal presence of "Can You" and you'll be hard pressed to forget it. Long Hair is the year-old solo project of Kelsey Marie McCurdy, and though "Can You" gently breezes by it all too easily stays in your mind after its three minutes have finished. Whether its the delicate guitar chords, McCurdy's gentle voice that glides alongside them, or whatever spare words you overhear, the track has the ability to will listeners into the song's warm, textural world.
McCurdy is a Rose City resident for over two years now after having "left the coast of California for love, a breath of fresh air, and greenery." While her tunes could be compared to German songstress Sibylle Baier (though they are much less imposing) when it comes to live appearances McCurdy's calendar reminds me of concert evader Benoît Pioulard. Neither local act plays out much, but that could change on Long Hair's end. A show at the Waypost this past summer was her only recent appearance, but the lass assures she's hoping for more.
I checked in with McCurdy for a brief Q&A to find out about the creation process of "Can You," its subject matter, her instrument picks and her musical inspiration.
How long did it take to write/create?
This song, as most songs, probably took me around 30 minutes to write. I never write songs. I hit record and improvise when the feelin' is in the air.
What is it about?
It's about the ghost of love. My greatest haunt and inspiration.
What instruments do you play?
I play whatever I can get my hands on. Electric guitar, harp, keys, and voice are my favorites. I also am fond of the clarinet and drums.
What are your inspirations for your music?
Oh, so many! Romanticism, heartbreak, the ocean, blood, falling and rising, mercury mines, darkness and light, Latin America, hauntings. Imagery makes my heart swell. Songs come out when I least expect it.
Photo courtesy of Long Hair