Kan Wakan is something pretty special.
Absorbing, dissolving different influences - hip-hop, electronics... folk, even - into a heady brew, the songwriter's hazy blend can't help but over-power you.
New album 'Phantasmagoria' is forthcoming, with Clash able to premiere something just a little bit special.
'I Would' is the first song Kan Wakan started work on for his new album. He explains:
"My friend Elle Olsun came into the studio and I played her a nylon guitar riff I had recorded on my phone. It had been on playback in my mind for a while, and when she heard it she just went along and started singing this melody and we bounced ideas back and forth."
"There was a lot of change going on in my life at the time and ‘I Would’ drew on that curiosity. It stirs nostalgia and anxiety, like a creek meeting a river, rushing and chaotic but held tight by the undercurrent. I quite enjoy collaborating in the traditional sense... I had gotten so used to working on projects, passing around files over the internet and not seeing outside of the four walls in the studio, it was really refreshing to sit by the piano and make music together. I’m continuously drawn to the human aspect of music and do my best to embrace the natural imperfections that happen in a performance. I feel like re-contextualizing stuff really gives it that familiarity as well."
Tune in now.