KINDER is to unveil debut single, ‘Light’, on 9th August, with an EP of the same name to follow in September. The moniker of singer-songwriter/producer Leo Wyatt, this is the first taste of the 24-year-old’s
distinctive blend of falsettoed soul and a library of dusty, sampled beats. London-based KINDER will be giving the project its first live outing at Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch on 10th August, and with blog support behind his remix work already, the live set promises to showcase the multi-instrumentalist’s remarkable talent.
With a list of influences that stretches from Nick Drake to Burial and D’Angelo, ‘Light’ is a kaleidoscope of Leo’s musical upbringing. Opening with an ethereally distorted guitar, adorned with jazz stylings, it’s clear
from the outset that KINDER has a way with unconventional hooks. His writing is very much grounded in his past experiences as an acoustic singer-songwriter, but these perfectly formed compositions have been taken apart and packaged up again with a boundary blurring sound to prick up even the most scathing of ears.
Illustrating unmistakable vocal artistry as he layers harmony upon harmony, there seems to be a never ending stream of ideas to occupy the listeners attention. The chorus is drenched in the kind of melodic charm
that will worm its way into your subconscious for days to come, dancing over a bed of meticulously syncopated guitar work. Drawn to a close by a final Buckley-esque trill, the opening track of KINDER’s forthcoming EP makes a confident display in the face of daunting responsibility.
This new musical endeavour was born out of material originally written for others and an early demo that prompted a particularly memorable reaction. Deciding to keep the songs for himself and embark on the project alone, the classically trained pianist performed, recorded and produced each track on the EP, with additional keys and mixing from Teresa Origone and Ben de Vries respectively. Quaint voice memos knot the release together in what feels like a nod to Leo’s roots as a singer-songwriter, striving to not be just another nonchalant muso with a sampler. A culmination of his prolific output, this collection is just the start.
isn’t it funny how we fall in love
like a freight train with no brakes
all the questions that we’re thinking of
don’t ask them we don’t want no heartbreaks
there is something for us
I can see it with my own eyes
waiting for ya in the darkness
you brought me into the light
try to take my time but I can’t hold back
I’ve been waiting for perfect moment
just before the feeling fades to black
you give me those eyes now i’m jonesin'
released August 9, 2016
All instruments/vocals/drum programming/songwriting - Leo Wyatt
Production - Leo Wyatt
Co-production/mixing - Ben de Vries
Mastering - Magnus Thomson
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