Listening to the new explosive song by Kellindo, ‘When Flowers Could Dance’, is like getting flashbacks of Prince and Queens combined with a touch of Lenny Kravitz wrapped around a very busy orchestration with modern arrangements. The catchy tempo goes crescendo following Kellindo’s high falsetto while blending altogether elements of soul, funk and psychedelic rock, and transforming the song into a buoyant ant farm of sonic ideas.
Kellindo Parker, who simply goes by his first name Kellindo, maybe a new name to us, but his songwriting and guitar skills should certainly not be a novelty, as he has worked with Grammy-nominated artist Janelle Monae since 2006. Originally working as her lead guitarist, Kellindo became a collaborator and co-arranger on ‘Many Moons’ from the Grammy-nominated album ‘Metropolis’, but also co-wrote ‘Mushrooms and Roses’, ‘Come Alive’ and ‘Dance or Die’ from her ‘Archandroid’ album, and ‘ Q.U.E.E.N’, ‘Sally Ride’, ‘Victory’ and ‘We Were Rock and Roll’ from her ‘Electric Lady’ album.
Unsurprisingly, talent runs in the family as Kellindo is the nephew of Maceo Parker, who played alto, tenor and baritone saxophones in James Brown’s band in the ‘60s, as well as in the Parliament-Funkadelic in the ‘70s. Kellindo went on to study jazz guitar as well as classical and jazz music history at the Manhattan School of Music, and after forming his own band, Parker, and then joining his uncle Maceo Parker on a world tour as his lead guitarist, he started working with Janelle Monae for a fruitful collaboration. He is now ready for a solo career and his debut song ‘When Flowers Could Dance’ will be available on all digital outlets and streaming platforms on December 7th via Creative Entertainment Network/The Orchard, a division of Sony Music.
Despite the name dropping above, the track cultivates a very original musical style, with a power-flower chorus and an empowering layered orchestration, determined to be as unique as genre-bending. Listen to the song here.