Queer Love Triumphs in “my blood is your blood” by Kevin Atwater
NYC-based artist Kevin Atwater puts queer love at the forefront of his indie-folk love song, “my blood is your blood.” It’s a song about loving someone so much that you want to become a part of them. The gentle soundscape, filled with acoustic guitars, layered vocals, and quiet synths, evokes a heartwarming tenderness that spills from the soundwaves.
Kevin is a singer/songwriter and actor who has known from a young age that music would be highly influential in his life. He surrounded himself with it as much as possible, taking classical piano and clarinet lessons, teaching himself guitar, and getting involved in musical theater. More recently, he has become a notable TikTok creator, known for his comedic videos and quirky sense of humor, amassing over 1 million followers in only a few months. Pulling influences from his folk idols (Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Adrianne Lenker, Angel Olsen) to contemporary singer/songwriters (Clairo, Moses Sumney, Phoebe Bridgers, Conan Gray), Kevin leans towards intimate and specific songwriting.
Challenging ideas of traditional masculinity and being open about his sexuality in his lyrics, Kevin writes queer music without hesitation or shame. He centers “my blood is your blood” around these concepts, which quickly went viral on TikTok, and resonated largely with queer audiences. As he proudly celebrates queer love, one of the encapsulating and encompassing kind, he muses about how different parts of himself would become one with his partner and how they would continue to operate in sync. These simple, acoustic musings usher forth a sentiment of what it feels like to truly feel like you have found your soulmate. Love fills out the cascading guitar and fluttering vocals, and it makes for a listening experience that leaves your heart fulfilled.