Runi Salem is the brainchild of Memphis, Tennessee’s little but loud singer-songwriter Kacee Russell. Her songwriting takes on the topics of unrequited love, abandonment issues, yearning, pining, and disappointment, but also empowerment. There’s a ponderous edge to Russell’s performance and attitude; she presents herself as some who doesn’t wish to be perceived, but her compelling vocals suggest that she has plenty to say and is not afraid to say it. Russell writes enthralling lyrics and melodies that boldly hang on to the emotion they came from.
The first single, “Birds,” was released on Friday, November 18th. The song comes in with a catchy drum beat and an indie guitar riff that immediately gets stuck in your head. Kacee’s voice blends smoothly with the instruments making the song an immediate hit. Of the track, the artist says:
“The song was written in 2016 in Cleveland, Ms. We were all crowded in my friend Dylan’s living room, writing for a band then called Sage boy. I wrote the lyrics and melodies to their music. I was reckoning with abandonment issues, and what I would later find out was love addiction. I’ve always had the strangest time understanding people coming and going from my life, and I have also always been dramatic about it. Hurt, Disappointed, Betrayed, etc. This song came out as a defeated kind of hope and that’s kind of how my music tends to come across. I believe there is a duality, a hand-in-hand nature between hope and defeat, love and fear, and peace and letting go of control. Runi Salem means ‘secret lore of the peaceful and complete.’ This is a song about friendship and learning to believe that the people I need in my life will always come back. I hope someone can resonate with that.”
Listen to “Birds” below: