Kan Wakan Set to Release 'Moving On' Album 6/3 via Verve Records
Verve Records will release Moving On, the full-length debut from KAN WAKAN, on June 3. The Los Angeles-based band recorded the collection with engineers Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley, Atoms for Peace) and Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Beck, The Black Keys). It was mastered by Bob Ludwig (Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk). Moving On will be released in the U.K. on May 5 by Virgin EMI. See below for track listing.
The video for the album's leadoff track and first single, "Forever Found," premiered recently at SPIN.com, which observed, "Kan Wakan combine deep soul, dramatic folk, and orchestral pop for a noir-kissed sound that could re-score a vintage James Bond flick with ease and grace." The clip can be seen here. The evocative song found an early fan in Jason Bentley, who played "Forever Found" every day for a straight week on "Morning Becomes Eclectic," airing on influential Los Angeles public radio station KCRW.
KAN WAKAN, which just wrapped up a month-long residency at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, will perform at the Echoplex/Origami/Spaceland presents showcase at SXSW on Wednesday, March 12. The band will also perform at the Universal Music Group, Highroad Touring, KCRW and Filter showcases. KAN WAKAN just played a show with Dr. Dog and Bob Mould at Noise Pop in San Francisco and also performed at FADER's CMJ party 2013. The group has also played dates with such artists as Other Lives, Big Black Delta, and Niki & The Dove. KAN WAKAN recently appeared on "Last Call with Carson Daly." All tour dates here.
USA Today praised the group's "lush, cinematic pop" while Los Angeles Magazine observed, "The songs on the LP vacillate between grandiose orchestral arrangements that could have come from an Ennio Morricone soundtrack and a subtle electronic minimalism, all stitched together by singer Kristianne Bautista's soulful vocals." "Delicately ethereal indie pop" is how the LA Weekly described KAN WAKAN and Buzzbands LA hailed the band's debut EP as "riveting," naming it the #1 EP of 2013.