I’m going to let you in on a little secret; the Kristen Ford full-length War in the Living Room is an overlooked piece of work. Released in November of 2021, it may have slipped past your radar. It’s not an easy album to pinpoint in terms of genre as it tends to explore lots of different sonic territory. That isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. Ford is a diverse songwriter and performer, which shines through on War in the Living Room and extends even further with the release of the new single “Lisa Frank.”
Given that the song is named for Lisa Frank™, the wonderfully vibrant and whimsical brand of nail polish, notebooks and everything else under the sun during the 90s, it’s no surprise that the four minute tracks evokes a few mid-90s hits itself; like Pete Yorn’s “Life on a Chain” or Liz Phair’s “Never Said.” These touchstones are no accident, as Ford is a clever songwriter touching on just the right dose of nostalgia and original catchy vibes.
The video itself cuts between scenes of a mystical tarot card reading, a yoga hang and a bombastic live performance with Ford’s band The Assembly. The confetti alone is enough to brighten any day.
All told, it’s a jam worth having in your life. Add it to your playlist and then mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14th, 2022 at The Cobra to see Ford play it live.