kills to kisses is Lisa Dowling's alter-ego and the name of her electronic art-rock bass/vocal/looping project. She is a character Lisa created about a year and a half ago out of a need to have a more specific space for her own musical experiments in song writing that were different from her other projects. What began as an exploration into her identity as a bassist evolved to explore her identity as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and most importantly, a woman who creates. Creating a character provided a safe space for her to dig deeper into her own vulnerabilities, strengths, weaknesses and sensuality. After Lisa graduated from music school, she became interested in how she could write pop based music with contemporary classical techniques, gestures and colors and that challenge excited her. For example, she discovered that if she hit the bass tailpiece with the bow and looped it with a tremolo FX she had the beginnings of a really cool beat. The simplicity of these discoveries were inspiring. What she definitely wasn’t interested in was fulfilling the traditional bass player role in pop and rock music.
All the string sounds you hear on this album are made with a double bass.
released May 5, 2015
All tracks composed by Lisa Dowling.
All tracks performed by Lisa Dowling (double bass, electric bass, electronics, vocals, piano and synthesizer, except:
Drums on tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, and 9: Owen Weaver
Flute on tracks 2 and 3: Domenica Fossati
Beatboxing on track 3: Adam Matta
Spoken Word on track 3: Equiano Mosieri
Electric guitar on track 6: Ryan Streber
All tracks written by Lisa Dowling, except:
3, 5, and 7 co-written with Equiano Mosieri
All tracks recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio in Yonkers, New York, except:
4, co-produced by Jonah Rosenberg
7, co-produced by William Rucker aka The Omen and Lisa Dowling
Album art and design by Brianna Reagan: www.briannareaganart.com