You might not think Kenzie is even real until she’s there, in the flesh, right in front of you. In the photos spattered across her Instagram feed, the singer’s wide eyes are piercing to the point of looking like they’ve been plucked from a factory shelf; an intoxicating, dangerous shade of amber. Her lips, bee-stung and brilliant, are the kind of thing heartbroken musicians write songs about – one in a million material.
The 26-year-old singer, born Mackenzie Gill Bryant, has a strange online aura that suggests she was born to have people know her name. But when Highsnobiety meet her in a music studio in North London, it becomes clear that there’s more to this artist than that killer aesthetic, one that’s graced billboards across Los Angeles and the British capital promoting her debut EP Dark July for the past month. She’s an artist with a fascinating sound and personality strong enough to match it.