KINDER: Light [EP]
Love smooth, R&B and jazz-infused melodies? Rhodes (piano) keys, and funky bass? Then KINDER (Leo Wyatt) is your man. Roughly a month removed since releasing his debut single (and title track) Light the London based singer-songwriter is here with five more tracks to treat our ears. The EP is based around love, as evidenced by many of the romantically themed songs on the 25 minute record. The second track Spirit is Leo's outburst and rebuttal to those questioning his vision and future plans with music:
Don't talk about committment, cos I'm committed to my dreams
You say I ain't got no passion, well I sell my passion on CD's.
Stone Cold, perhaps the most upbeat number on the EP features Teresa Origone (teppa) on the keys, and is about unmasking a girl's real character & personality. It's on the next track Keep Me Up At Night where KINDER best displays his soulful falsetto vocals. Read below for some background information on how that and the final song So Real were recorded:
The song was originally written for another artist, allowing Leo to lose all his inhibitions as he recorded a demo he thought would soon be out of his hands. After the decision to keep the track for himself and an attempted studio version, Keep Me Up At Night actually uses Leo’s original vocal take. This way of thinking, inspired by James Blake, has completely changed KINDER’s approach to production and can be heard again on closing track So Real. Written and recorded in half an hour, this is KINDER stripped down to his bare bones as he tells of a new love through the most beautifully unadorned collection of words.
This EP has something for everyone and is certainly a promising and encouraging glimpse into what is hopefully a long and fruitful career for KINDER.