Canadian Alt-RnB Artist kerri Announces Cinematic HURTING EP
April 14, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Montreal-based vocalist/producer kerri announces his upcoming EP HURTING, set for release on May 26 via Nettwerk. It’s the young singer/songwriter’s second EP of the year, following the February release of BUNNYHUG.
kerri had this to say about HURTING: “This EP is a powerful reminder to learn from the pain you’ve experienced, not dwell in it. It paints the picture of someone afraid of the world and angry at themselves who learns over the course of these songs to have faith. Although most of the songs are uplifting, the stunning closer is one last look back at the loneliest corner of someone’s mind before choosing a life of clarity. Each song on the project was made in intimate spaces, from a cafe in Toronto to my own bedroom, with people I trust.”
Today, kerri shares the second single from HURTING, entitled “Cinnamon Tips.” A passionate ballad about kicking a cigarette addiction, the track compares the lingering smell of a cigarette in a room to the longing for a faded love. In typical kerri fashion, the song blends a soft, guitar-driven melody with a lush string section, fusing acoustic with experimental RnB.
The BUNNYHUG EP has propelled kerri to a blistering start of 2023. Both “Things I Want” (with Skinny Atlas – HERE) and “fourdoors” (with M1RZA – HERE) landed Spotify’s New Music Friday: Canada (342K likes), while “Hands” (HERE) landed placements on Amazon Music’s “Breakthrough R&B,” “Fresh R&B” and “Brand New Music” editorial playlists.
“Cinnamon Tips” is available at digital retailers here: http://kerri.ffm.to/cinnamontips
02. Dead End (with Imagiro & Afternoon Bike Ride)
03. Never Look Back (with Tobias Dray)
04. Cinnamon Tips
Learning to produce in his teens, kerri draws inspiration from indie and electronic acts (e.g., Frank Ocean, Dijon, and James Blake) and mixes it with his own experiences and craft. The result is a signature sound of spacious textures and emotional narratives. With each release, kerri offers tender and organic consistency, where feelings of heartbreak and isolation seep through bedroom walls, and everything feels filtered through grainy VHS tapes.