KSL’s “lately” will remind you how terrible it was to be a teenager

Super 8 film aesthetics galore.

September 17, 2018

Kenyan-American singer and producer KSL debuts today his first ever single and video. It's called "lately," and is a DIY-tinged pop track taken from his forthcoming EP Half Calf, expected sometime this month. The accompanying video, shot on vibrant Super 8 by Nico Reano, features the singer dancing in a cemetery and sitting in a bed of flowers. Watching it is all very serene, and it took two-to-three replays to realize he was singing lyrics like "True life, I hate my fucking past."

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"Growing up in Tennessee I found myself sacrificing my own likes and dislikes to avoid as much racial tension as I could," KSL writes via email about the song. "So this song is about redefining my world and allowing myself to be my own person in a world bigger than rural Tennessee." Pair that with the glowy synths and his gently auto-tuned vocals, it's a lovely tune for basking in the sun, reminiscing about the past, and thanking god we got outta there.

KSL’s “lately” will remind you how terrible it was to be a teenager