Kina Grannis Premieres 'Oh Father' via Refinery29
At Refinery29, our ethos of discovery means that we are always keeping our ears to the ground, hoping to unearth the very best new artist or an exciting collaboration from a musician we already know and love. We take our music very seriously, and don't put our stamp of approval on anything that we wouldn't load directly into our own iPod (or Spotify, or other various audio devices) first. So, rest assured we're not lying when we say we're bubbling over with excitement about Kina Grannis' new song, "Oh Father," off her upcoming album Elements (dropping May 6). Here's what you gotta know:
Who? Kina Grannis, the little self-releasing artist that could.
How long has she been around? Grannis has been making waves since 2007, but she really got her start in college, circa 2005, when she self-released her first album.
What does she sound like? Lazy Sunday mornings with your significant other.
When should you listen to her? Kina makes quiet moments that much more wonderful.
If this song was added to a soundtrack, it would play: When our heroine sets out for her great adventure.
Grannis' story is one that goes to show how much you can accomplish when you just put yourself out there. She's been jiving to the beat of her own drum for years, and "Oh Father" is a testament to that. According to Kina, the track captures her view of songwriting perfectly. When she spoke with Refinery29, Kina related songwriting to archaeology - it's about digging up dirt to find bones, and then piecing them all together. "Sometimes you only find a head, and no matter how hard you try you can't find its body and the song will forever be a tiny unfinished part," she said. "But, sometimes, as was the case with 'Oh Father,' you find a Stegosaurus head and a T. rex body." Turns out this track almost didn't make it onto Elements. Luckily, however, "just when I had almost given up, there it was," Grannis concluded. "I found the matching body to my Stegosaurus head, and the song was finally right. Now, it's one of my favorites." Ours, too.