There are some vocal parallels here between Kyan and Seal, and some structural similarities in their two approaches to songwriting: using big, up-front vocal melody, and a soaring chorus with a backbone groove on the edge of jazz, funk, and neo soul. Here he gets right to it, leaving the verses very open and dropping a warm blanket of chorus harmony over the mix, building to an ethereal vocal counterpoint and final repeat.
It's a fitting backdrop for a summer single: the lurching beat like footsteps in the hallway, threading together the inspiration, the reflection, and the subsequent catharsis as a sun emerges from clouds. The layered and versatile sound of Kyan's lead vocal does not disappoint.
Kyan is a soul artist from Cambridge, UK. This song is featured on our Chill Angeles playlist.
Music writer and podcaster.