The Kisses duo (aka Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson) have never been afraid to take warm melodies, a hint of 80s kitsch, and pretty bubblegum-pop foundations to create their own style. It’s easy to love. “The Hardest Part” is the first single from Kisses second LP, “Kids In LA”. The song feels like distinct step for the band into a bigger, more polished sound. The beats and the rhythm are delivered with assurance. And as always, the lyricism keeps the sound and story grounded in something that feels honest, like you’re being taken into a confidence. That’s one of the keys to Kisses. I can’t think of a a song they’ve written that sounds false or stagey. The album was co-produced by Pete Wiggs and Tim Larcombe and is scheduled for release on May 14 via Cascine. The band said in a release that “over the next few months we will be announcing new singles, international shows, unique yet tasteful merchandise and many other treats for you all.” Click here to read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Kisses. Stream some more of their music at bandcamp. — David D. Robbins Jr.