Kayla Marque is a Denver native R&B singer/songwriter who has been performing and putting out her own music in the Denver scene for the last 10 years. She has released two singles from her upcoming double album Brain Chemistry (Left Brain/Right Brain). Her first single “Fold in Half” represents her left brain, most commonly associated with analytical thinking, and her most recent single, “Love Should Be,” represents her right brain, the creative thinking side. Where “Fold in Half” is grounded in reality both musically and aesthetically in its black and white video, the video for “Love Should Be”, an official selection at the 2019 Denver Film Festival, is bursting with color and kaleidoscopic imagery, a fitting match for the song’s ethereal production and tone.
In describing her song, Kayla Marque relayed recently, “I wrote ‘Love Should Be’ years ago when I realized I actually had no idea what love was… When you truly love someone, whether its a relative, friend, partner, or most importantly yourself, that means you love them beyond beauty-- you love them when things are hard.” On this note both visually and musically, Marque’s song lets the listener feel the wonder and complexity associated with the feeling of love. As Marque sings, “Love should feel like water/Taste like chocolate/Burn like fire/Be the answer” to start off the song, her outfit and hair changes from blue to black to red and finally to white, each emphasizing a different type of her own beauty.
Shot in the Paint Mines outside of Calhan in El Paso Country by director Mara Whitehead, the video utilizes mirror and kaleidoscopic effects on the stunning natural sights to give the viewer the feeling like they are lost in a beautiful psychedelic maze. The images swells together with Kayla Marque’s celestial voice and airy production which includes atmospheric synths, electric guitars, and minimal drums which echo with a resounding reverb. “Love Should Be” is a vulnerable and empowering expression and exploration of unconditionally loving every part of yourself; the calm, sweet, and fiery parts alike.
Stay tuned for Kayla Marque’s Brain Chemistry (Left Brain/Right Brain), and check out “Love Should Be” at the Denver Film Festival tomorrow, Thursday, November 7 at 9:30PM at Sie FilmCenter; this Saturday, November 9 at 7PM at UA Pavilions; or Sunday, November 10 at 4PM at Lyric in Fort Collins.
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