Canadian singer-songwriter KYTLY recently released her sensual new single “Not The Jealous Type” on January 27th via all streaming platforms.
“Not The Jealous Type” is a slow-burning, post-breakup song that reminds us that we can’t control everything, and that’s okay. The song is also a caution to always weigh a person’s words against their actions carefully and act accordingly.
KYTLY, also known as Laura Keightley, has been chasing possibilities since moving from England to Canada at the age of 12. After discovering her love for music and writing songs, one band led to another until she formed The Caraways with ex-Weakerthans bassist and husband John Sutton. The short-lived indie-rock band ultimately split up, and KYTLY began to plan her solo album while attending film school. She started a career as a creative on TV and film productions doing art and set decorating, but never lost her musical sense of direction.
The now Hamilton-based vocalist has returned to display her own brand of fierceness and fearlessness as she continues to demonstrate her willingness to reinvent herself and make hard decisions to find the right path forward. This is displayed in KYTLY’s recently released single, “Begin Again,” an indie-rock fuelled confessional and reflection of her own experience.
KYTLY is currently working on putting the finishing touches on her new album which is set to be released later this year and will explore the experiences that have shaped her artistic and personal life over time. The album is produced by Los Angeles-based Producer and Fountains of Wayne drummer, Brian Young (Jesus and Mary Chain, The Posies, Gutter Twins), and will also feature a talented roster of veteran players including guitarists Jody Porter (Fountains Of Wayne) and Jon Skibic (Afghan Whigs), bassist Mark Crozer (Jesus And Mary Chain) and multi-instrumentalist JK Harrison (Brian Wilson).
I had the opportunity to chat with KYTLY about their new single, what she’s learned along the way, and what’s next.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Not the Jealous Type”?
KYTLY: This song was inspired by the abrupt and rather cold ending of what at the time felt like a blossoming romance. It’s a personal favourite, a song that reminds us that we can’t control everything, and that’s okay. Don’t worry about people who use lines to convince you they’re not ready, even while someone else is in their bed!
Kat: What do you hope fans take from the new single?
KYTLY: I really hope people can relate to my songwriting and feel something. We all go through these phases of feeling incomplete without attachment, but we are enough and don’t need to settle!
Kat: What do you find is the most challenging part of your creative process?
KYTLY: Writing is so personal. When you get deep into the creative process, you don’t need to filter yourself. It’s raw and real. You are writing as if no one else is listening, so the most challenging part for me is the sharing, to step away and let my music be heard.
Kat: What has been a career highlight for you so far? What have you learned along the way?
KYTLY: Working with really experienced professionals on this album is definitely a highlight. I’ve become more confident with my craft and I am slowly overcoming my old insecurities of stage fright!
Kat: What can we expect from you for the balance of 2023?
KYTLY: A little more extroversion. More songs, more visuals and some live shows!
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