Imagine being at sea for days, sailing in utter silence, not a land mass in sight to disturb the ocean view. Slowly, faintly, a voice sings a beautiful melody that grows in intensity as it draws you to her island, like the sirens in Homer’s “The Odyssey.” This perhaps best describes the “Kirilola effect,” a state of musical enchantment from listening to the original eX-Girl in her solo incarnation.
Seemingly miles away from her female rock band days, Kirilola has refashioned herself in Japanese trappings and ancient customs. Enveloped by traditional Japanese instruments, her voice at times manages an ethereal quality bordering on a new age, spiritual mode. Other times, the vocalizations seem to hearken back to a time of spoken-word storytelling. Her recent show with an Austrian sitar player and collaboration with American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks further reveal her eclecticism.