Kaylee Elizabeth today shares her dulcet, richly melodic new single “Next Step”—the third off her debut album Playing With Fire, produced by Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, Pedro The Lion, Kississippi). “While there is this breezy, head nodding quality to the song, lyrically it’s anything but easy going. ‘Next Step’ is about making the next small and faithful step,” explains Kaylee. “It’s about acknowledging that so many things are outside of our control, but not letting fear dictate our decisions. A lot of the time fear can be an indicator of the exact thing that we should be leaning into.” Last month, she released the rollicking, ‘70s pop/rock-reminiscent “Not Be Told,” which followed last fall’s standalone single and additional album track “Passing Through.”
Across the soul-searching and seeking Playing With Fire, Kaylee Elizabeth reflects on themes of shortcomings and asking for forgiveness, being honest about desires and doubts, the surrender of bitterness and resentment, and the peace and joy that can bring. Her voice is soft but sure, warm but direct, and seasoned by time spent in Ireland studying traditional singing, as well as years on the road with The Native Sibling (her duo with her older brother). And while these are her first songs written solo, creating Playing With Fire felt like a homecoming as she returned to the guitar after years playing keys.
Playing With Fire was recorded in Kaylee Elizabeth’s hometown of Seattle, WA, with Park. To back her in the studio, she enlisted musicians with whom she had never officially collaborated before, including: Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Diver, Beck, The Shins), Sean Lane (Pedro the Lion, Perfume Genius), Michael Porter, and Zander Hawley. Park’s production and the band’s layering of electric guitar, ambient sounds, horns, and percussion give the album both continuity and variety, all while keeping Kaylee Elizabeth’s honeyed voice at the forefront.