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 three 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.
A man A plan A canal has previously serviced portions of Phantasmagoria, in the form of the 2016 Molasses EP collecting four of the album’s songs and the “I Had To Laugh” single released earlier this year. Now, Kan Wakan presents another advance single — “Still Feather.” In an interview with Pigeons and Planes, Linev said, “‘Still Feather’ ruminates on our industrial daydream; the precarious union of technology and prosperity. It seems we are all transfixed to an exasperated machine sputtering through visions of its golden days, a dubious project cycling scenes of emergent possibilities. And it feels dissonant, out of touch, modern life is driving to the brink of exhaustion, while our synthetic creations grow in number and influence.” The song features vocals from SAÍGO and has already topped the Hype Machine chart.
“Something pretty special. …The songwriter’s hazy blend can’t help but over-power you.” -Clash Music
Kan Wakan’s “Still Feather” hit #1 on Hype Machine last weekend.
RIYL: Portishead, Air, Chet Faker, Massive Attack, Bonobo
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