This Kyan article was written by Marc Simonsson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson
When an artist is able to grab your attention from the very first note played, you are suddenly made aware that you are listening to something extremely special. The piano introduction to the opening track of Kyan’s new EP will stop anyone in their tracks – with a delicate whisper it exclaims that you are about to witness the rise of a fantastic talent.
‘Remote View’ is a teasing look into what can be described as the UK’s answer to John Legend. Opening with ‘Sometimes’, which possibly is the best love song written for quite some time, the listener is instantly transfixed by a blend of sultry and raw vocals layered on top of a melody which will make the heart melt.
Kyan could play it safe by presenting a compilation of songs of the same ilk in order to present his general sound. However, Kyan aims to show his diversity with the remaining four tracks. Whilst the opening track displays his ability to use simplicity to create a powerful song, it is his experimental use of beats and his refusal to stick to one genre of music which proves that Kyan is always trying to better himself. Ranging from the Timbaland inspired hip-hop track, ‘Grammar’, to the pop-infused ‘Rather Be With You’, to the closing dance track, ‘Drive’, Kyan’s talent won’t be confined by the limitations and rules of one musical style. Instead he is part of a new generation of true musicians who want to explore how far their creativity can reach.
Of course ‘Remote View’ is only five tracks and thus just a showcase of Kyan’s abilities. However, if his first full album is even half as good as this EP, we are sure to see a dramatic rise to stardom for him.
‘Remote View’ is out now on Virgin EMI Records.