Written as a protest song in lieu of the recent election, Sonya Kitchell’s new single “Funeral” illuminates the collective and unspoken grief that filled the air the following morning. With a musicality reminiscent of Bright Eyes, Sonya placates her listeners with empathetic lyrics such as, “A whole nation cries in the wake. It’s time, the glass ceiling must break”.
Her voice remains soft and telling, allowing her message of secular sadness to shine through above a barebones arrangement that boasts little more than a weeping solo guitar. With emotions encapsulating widespread grief and bitter disappointment, she draws a vivid parallel between a black-clothed, grief-stricken funeral and the bone-chilling, somber silence of a nation in disbelief.