Mesmerizing contextual deliverance lives in ‘Missouri Boy’ by Brooklyn’s own City Dress. A project of Christina Skramstad, dances in the subject of love and loss, as the delicate balance of strums and lyrical poetry, dance on the tips of your emotions.
“I wrote ‘Missouri Boy’ in the weeks following Leonard Cohen’s death and the 2016 presidential election,” said Christina. “During that time I felt deeply troubled about the results of the election and found myself listening to the album ‘Songs of Leonard Cohen’ on repeat. I was in a state of prayer and conversation with Cohen in my head. I tend to do that with songwriters I admire, as if they are saints who can bestow wisdom and inspiration.”
All that is macro, filters down to the local. We’re humans, working hard to make it work, day-to-day. And with ‘Missouri Boy’, Christina was working on her own items of internal strife and matter of challenges, like most of us.
“When I sat down to write ‘Missouri Boy’ I wanted to reflect on a relationship that caused me confusion and pain. What emerged was my best attempt at understanding the reality of the relationship instead of what I was told I imagined it was. Even though ‘Missouri Boy’ is specific in its details, I hope it speaks to the universality of feeling unseen by someone you care about.”
Within a song of ‘Missouri Boy’ caliber, it’s all about the words and how they are delivered for consumption. There is a relationship between each consonant and syllable; each letter and its agreed sounds, all converging between the lips of the artist’s exhaling breaths, with a purpose and depth.
That’s where this single lies, and invites with such visceral texture. Simple, raw, contemplative, cosmic.
We all can say that for our inner most thoughts and feelings.
‘Missouri Boy’ is a gentle celebration, for how we ail. It’s also the beginning of how to grasp our limitations.
From a young age, City Dress (Christina Skramstad) a Brooklyn based artist and Berklee alum,
was introduced to the idea of exploring worlds beyond her reality. Her Norwegian father regaled
her with stories about trolls and lost children finding their way home, while her mother, born and
bred in New Jersey, introduced her to the best of what jazz, folk, rock-and-roll, and Motown had
to offer. This foundation set the stage for Skramstad’s fascination with storytelling and music,
which led her to major in Songwriting at Berklee. After graduation, Skramstad took a brief
detour in Nashville before landing in Brooklyn, where she met Johnny Simon Jr. Through this
creative partnership, City Dress was realized.
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My debut EP “Showing Up” will be out June 12th. I would be so INCREDIBLY grateful if you: 1. Followed me on Spotify. That way I’m on your release radar for all future releases. 2. If you haven’t listened to Missouri Boy or Showing Up yet, go listen!! 3. Share with your community. Whether it’s posting in your stories or shooting a text. It is a small way to show support that means so much. Word of mouth is everything when you’re self-releasing. I’m so excited for you to have this EP in its entirety. The oldest song on this record is 5 years old. So many of these songs are from another lifetime ago, but I’m still so proud of them. I still blast them in my car. I (and @johnnysimonjr in particular) have worked so hard to bring these songs to life. I’m so excited for what’s to come. Thank you for being here!! ♥️ Thanks @hellocavale for helping me put this album art together and thank you selfies and my dads shirt for making this picture possible.