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Kan Wakan & support from Jamie Lawson - 4 May 2014

Artists' websites: Kan Wakan / Jamie Lawson

Reviews in the States are brilliant - "like the soundtrack to some long-lost Quentin Tarantino movie that never saw the light of day." - They are just signed to Universal/Verve and Virgin in UK.

Kan Wakan is an emerging Silverlake-based group formed in early 2012 by composer and multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev. Linev teamed up with guitarist/co-producer Peter Potyondy and singer Kristianne Bautista to establish the bands early line up.

The project began as an effort to fuse classical minimalism and experimental soul within a more accessible sonic environment. The subsequent addition of four new members not only facilitated this experiment, but also injected a whole new palette of colors and textures to draw upon.

Vocalist Kristianne Bautista weaves bittersweet melodies through an intricate forest of instrumental orchestration, at times demanding the listeners rapt attention and at times subtly evading it, allowing the string arrangements of Gueorgui Linev and violinist Dannon Rampton to take center stage, while drummer Keith Krey, keyboardist Jesse Aumiller and bassist Ian Anderson firmly navigate the fourth dimension. The result is a cinematic and oddly danceable bricolage of soul, americana, textural post-rock, ambient psychedelia, and western romanticism.

Kan Wakan is currently in the mixing stages of it's debut record, which is expected to see a release in the fall.

"Kan Wakan arrive with a striking breadth of vision that immediately places them among modern pop's most beguiling and inventive new artists. The Los Angeles-based group's extraordinary self-titled debut EP introduces their ornate and enveloping amalgam of psychedelic soul, post rock, alternative Americana, noir jazz, 60s soundtrack stylings, and orchestral pop, all reshaped and rearranged to create something both startlingly original and utterly contemporary. A cinematic collage of soul, americana, textural post-rock, ambient psychedelia, and western romanticism."

Jamie Lawson:

With a number 1 single in Ireland and a youtube page that boasts well over half a million views, Jamie Lawson’s reputation as an artist and writer has soared in the last year giving him the perfect platform to build a following devoted to lyrics with depth and their heartfelt delivery.

Aside from his own sell out tours Jamie’s years learning his craft and building a fan base in Ireland have earned him an impressive collection of key supports. In the last couple of years Jamie has shared billing with artists including Damien Rice, Seth Lakeman, The Frames, Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni, Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose, James Morrison, Tom Mcrea, Turin Breaks, Newton Faulkner, Tom Baxter, Fionn Regan, Martha Wainright, Angus & Julia Stone, Gemma Hayes and Van Morrison.

In April 2013 Jamie released new music in the UK. Taken from a collection of material accumulated on the road throughout his success in Ireland, ‘Between Each Breath’, produced and mixed by the BBC’s legendary Miti Adhikari, finds Jamie at his most stripped back and personal.