TUNE KINDER - Light
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.
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.