Kan Wakan takes the formulas of downtempo electronica, orchestral jazz, and celestial soul and dissects them, slowly evolving unique hybrids that are rooted in communal clarity. “Indigo” is the masterfully dimensional new single from the LA-based project, which features multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev along with a rotating cast of talented vocal collaborators. As a highly-regarded producer with Thundercat and Moses Sumney credits to his name, Linev learned long ago that sending vocalists tracks to sing over email can lead to results that lack vibe. So, he prefers to sit down in person with trusted artists – who he considers more as curators than guest vocalists – to see what happens. Compellingly elusive, “Indigo” features the mysterious and moody croon of guest vocalist Elle Olsun, a longtime friend whose voice will guide any listeners through whatever headspace they’re in.
“Indigo” may be Kan Wakan’s most diverse, vital work yet, and as such Linev sees it as representing a redemptive rebirth and a doorway into his forthcoming sophomore album, Phantasmagoria LP1. Coming soon, that album’s surreal sonic noir will advance Linev’s masterful compositional expanse well past the structural confines of his debut, 2014’s beloved Moving On. A delicately constructed dance between the warmth of reality and the cool transience of dreams, the LP will feature 11 tracks – each a distinct compositional movement.
“This tight, glitchy, jazz-tinged number was quite a pleasant surprise. The track features L.A.-based Elle Olsun in an outstanding vocal turn… You’ll find it to be the perfect balm to soothe your weary soul.” –KCRW
“Something pretty special. …The songwriter’s hazy blend can’t help but over-power you.” -Clash Music
RIYL: Portishead, Cinematic Orchestra, Radiohead, Bonobo, Air, Massive Attack, Mount Kimbie, Zero 7, Moses Sumney, Stereolab, Danger Mouse
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