Kladky finds healing and strength in the "Lemon Hill" video - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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With “Lemon Hill,” Kladky shows us how the power of community can heal the deepest of wounds. The project of Philly artist Dani Gershkoff, who also sings and plays flute in the local collective Hardwork Movement, Kladky will release its debut EP Dawn next month.

The EP’s second single, “Lemon Hill” follows the difficult story of the aftermath of a friend’s assault. The character of Elizabeth joins Kladky in the video, emphasizing the strength of their connection through times of pain. The song was produced by Bennett Kuhn and features Julia Rainer on electric guitar and its accompanying video was directed by Natasha Cohen-Carroll and choreographed by local dancer Elizabeth Weinstein.

Gershkoff shares in a press release that to incorporate the voice of Elizabeth into the song, the friends spent time at Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill and on the Schuylkill River Banks, “sharing stories of their past traumas, and laughing at the beautiful absurdity of breaking a long silence.”

“The song and video are meant to celebrate the bravery and strength of women and people of all genders who express femme identity or femininity, in the face of the physical and sexual violence that target them daily,” Gershkoff writes.

Kladky will play a show at the Art Dept. Collective on October 5 to celebrate the release of the Dawn EP. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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