Sex People started with Knarfy, a sixth-generation Southern Californian. He had two unsuccessful monogamous romances – each lasting a year – and after tasting all that LA had to offer, realised he was polysexual. Soon after, Knarfy’s mother died suddenly, and after a year’s grieving and celibacy, Knarfy met F.I.T., a Nigerian-born hip hiop artist. F.I.T. had travelled the world the previous five years, and finally found himself in Los Angeles, in search of his part of the American dream. The pair hit it off and formed Sex People, slowly bringing in a variety of singers, musicians, and artists into the group. Their debut EP, ‘Cal-Island: Season One’, is set for release on January 11, with the first single, the experimental pop track ‘Sanctuary City’ out now.
‘Cal-Island’ follows the journey of three people as they seek to find true love in a world of promiscuity, and fleeting sexual encounters. The story takes place in Southern California, set in a time frame not too far ahead of our own. The trio are outsiders; viewed as rebels, and politically incorrect, if that’s such a term these days. While on their journey to escape oppression, they confront the love, sex, and life in the modern US. Think of it as a modern, musical, ‘On The Road’, but with more sex.
Knarfy has written most of the songs on the EP, before demoing with F.I.T. and then taking them to other vocalists and musicians. It’s a collective affair (no pun intended) but it works well, with Knarfy’s focus on word placement, while giving the vocalists the freedom to develop their own melodies and harmonies. ‘Sanctuary City’ is one of those songs that you will play over and over – the upbeat East African style percussive rhythms and the poppy lyrics offset the vocals and the entire effect is exciting and empowering.