New Music From Kan Wakan – Digital Servicing Only

Posted on Jan 26, 2017
New Music From Kan Wakan – Digital Servicing Only

Kan Wakan is Gueorgui Linev—the producer, composer, synthesizer scientist, film score fanatic, and multi-instrumentalist whose highly-acclaimed full-length debut Moving On dissolved the genre-breaking electronica of Massive Attack, Air, and Zero 7 into a bottomless sea of 20th century minimalism, psychedelic soul, and ambient atmosphere. It’s been two years since the release of Moving On, and the Bulgarian-born musician from Los Angeles has been busy in that time. He’s begun working with others and has created music with the likes of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Arctic Monkeys, and Moses Sumney, whose Linev-produced track “Lonely World” featuring Thundercat was recently named among 2016’s 100 Best Tracks by Pitchfork. He’s also been crafting Phantasmagoria, an upcoming three-LP collection of enveloping, slowly developing songs featuring vocals of multiple guest singers that is due in the next few months.

Kan Wakan’s recent Molasses EP collected four of those songs, each sung by his close friend Elle Olsun, and now he returns with an additional single- this one featuring the vocals of Rachel Fannan (Only You, Sleepy Sun). The new track starts with melancholy piano chords and Fannan’s alluring vocal, building upon the ruminative nature of Molasses‘ nighttime electronica before a large, jazzy orchestral coda develops to envelope and enchant listeners. According to Linev, “I had sent [Fannan] this other idea and she was riffing off of it and then I played her the music to ‘I Had To Laugh.’ Suddenly it felt like the energy in the room shifted and we had landed on something we both felt very intensely in the moment. She began to sing right away and I remember feeling weird at first… like, how could this sound sexual and sad at the same time? How can be feeling lonely but overwhelmed with this beautiful nostalgia? I had never heard anyone sing like that before and it was not understanding the feeling that inspired me to chase it even more.”

Kan Wakan will be going on a brief California tour this February. Catch the live show:

2/15 – Santa Cruz, CA – Don Quixote’s
2/16 – San Francisco, CA -The Chapel
2/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Bootleg

The fresh single showcases the blend of organic and electronic production Kan Wakan has honed over the past few years.” –Consequence of Sound

“Something pretty special. …The songwriter’s hazy blend can’t help but over-power you.” -Clash Music

RIYL: Portishead, Air, Chet Faker, Massive Attack, Bonobo

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Label: Murmur

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