As with life, there was a randomness to how individual lives played out against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis. Take Greek born, now also Los Angeles based singer Elena Charbila. Had she been in Greece when lockdowns went into effect, she would have been in one of the safest places in the world; instead, she has been “trapped” in LA, where the situation only seems to be worsening.
Her response was to shift into alter ego mode, via her artistic nom de guerre Kid Moxie. A cool cult figure if ever, and bathed in enigma, she has found recognition on her own terms, collaborating with the likes of Maps and Angelo Badalamenti, and even composing the score for the recent Greek film Not To Be Unpleasant, for which she hauntingly covered the Alphaville classic “Big In Japan.” And now BlackBook is thrilled to premiere her latest single and video, “All Day Long I Think Of You.”
The title, of course, could not be more of the moment, at a time when so many loved ones have been tragically separated for such long periods of time. It is also the only lyric, a reflectively repeated mantra, as if to emphasize the sense of endless longing that comes with such separation.
The dreamy, ethereal atmospherics of the song remind of those most wistful, winsome moments in the Saint Etienne catalog, so rife as the track is with a sense of melancholic yearning. While the accompanying, quarantine-composed video is a dreamy, hazily romantic Venice Beach “travelogue” of sorts.
Elena concurs, explaining, “Disco music always lifted my spirits like no other genre; but I never dared to make a disco album until Luxxury and I started playing live shows and doing DJ gigs together. He and I come from different worlds sonically, but with Love and Unity we finally managed to merge them.”
A full Kid Moxie album titled Better Than Electric is due out this fall.