Seaker was conceived from a patchwork of influences.
Growing up in North-East England, Kiran Hungin’s childhood wasn’t the most typical for the location at the time. Born to an Indian father and English mother, it was usual to experience a mixed bag of sounds and tastes at home. It’s not surprising, then, that the music of Kiran’s project Seaker also paints a multi-layered picture.
Records and music were part of the daily fabric, as Kiran’s father is an avid collector and listener. “Part of the reason I grew up in the house I did, was that my dad wanted a large gap between us and any neighbours, so he could play music as loud as he wanted without getting complaints. His way of relaxing after work would be to put an album on super loud and then sit in front of the speakers and fall asleep, so there was always music playing and most of my memories are tied up in songs. I can still get back exactly that feeling of intrigue and wonder I had as a child when hearing Leonard Cohen’s voice. I thought he was otherworldly.”
Having cut her teeth as a folky singer-songwriter, Kiran’s sound has gone musically and creatively to a more ethereal and layered place, enveloped in atmospheric vocals and emotion somewhere between a sense of loss and one of hope. The songs move from soft to roaring, from delicate lightness to a rage from a fire within.
“I try to make music that is epic and delicate at the same time. I love those spine-tingly moments when there’s an unexpected emotional twist in a song or a tiny whispered vocal moves into a huge layered block of sound. When I was a kid, it was sad, vast, filmic songs that always got me. I think for a long time I associated art with sadness and only took something seriously in an artistic sense if it was melancholic. I think that shows still in how I write, though I also feel very full of hope and wonder... so it’s not all doom and gloom.”
RY X / M83 / Massive Attack / Boards of Canada / Portishead / Leonard Cohen / Sade / White Sea / Kate Havnevik / Sufjan Stevens / Bob Dylan /Ravi Shankar /Anthony and the Johnsons /Nils Frahm /Fever Ray / Phil Collins / so many more I can't even think.