Kibby calls In Cold Blood her most honest work

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The Beat would never wish emotional anguish on anyone, but if Morgan Kibby is going to have a break-up, well, at least we get White Sea's new In Cold Blood in the bargain.

Kibby, a member of French electro-pop outfit M83 who records solo under the moniker White Sea, called the record "pretty brutal."

"I decided early on not to hide behind my ego, but to let my own failures, lessons and emotions all hang out," Kibby explained.

"This is my most honest work."

That work has been varied and plentiful, as Kibby has balanced her work, first as a collaborator with M83 and later as a full-fledged member with producing, remixing, scoring short films and the occasional acting and voiceover work.

She told The Beat she considers production the "base tool" for these related-but-disparate disciplines.

None of which is to sell her musical training short -- Kibby studied classical piano into her teens and began playing the cello as a teen-ager. She has always been a singer and began writing her own songs when she was 17, eventually forming a couple local bands in Los Angeles.

"I've always been a performer, and assumed that, as I created things, they would be to share," she said. "It was right after (deciding to pursue music as a career) that I met Anthony (Gonzales of M83)."

She worked on the songs for In Cold Blood in the midst of other projects, including touring with M83. Despite the potential for distraction, Kibby remained honed-in on the new songs.

"Each of the songs has its own place in the tapestry," Kibby said.

"I love records, the idea of telling a story from beginning to end. I didn't want to have a collection of singles. Each song shines, but also tells part of a story."

It is a story that is as personal as they come, but which she has chosen to tell with at least an air of anonymity, opting to make the record as White Sea rather than under her name.

"I like the idea of a moniker, that it lends a sense of anonymity or mystery," Kibby said. It also makes sense as I travel between different projects, different disciplines, to have this sort of blank screen to work on."