'Bliss' isn’t just the title track of Kian’s debut EP. It’s the lens through which this fresh global talent sees the world. Eked out on acoustic guitar in his bedroom, 'Bliss' captures the reality of being a young person making their way in this complicated world. And while it grapples with some heavy subjects, it’s hard to go past the inspiring message at the song’s core: it’s okay to be vulnerable, it’s okay for boys to cry. Mature beyond his 16 years, Kian grew up in a creative community in the Victorian goldfields town of Castlemaine. His father runs hip-hop dance workshops in remote Indigenous communities, while his mum played in bands in her youth. “I was around a lot of creative people and I learnt a lot about expressing myself without being judged by anybody.”
Things have completely taken off for Kian since winning triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2018. Extraordinarily, he achieved that feat with the first song he ever wrote. 'Waiting' may’ve started as an experiment - “My 15th birthday was coming up and I wanted to try my hand at writing a song” - but not even Kian could’ve predicted how far it’d take him. For the rest of us, it was impossible to deny his distinctive delivery and lyrical integrity. Reminiscence is a dreamy soundscape with spoken-word vocals that Kian mixed himself; 'Summer Insecurity' explores themes of solitude over lush R&B beats; while closing track 'Telephone' playfully incorporates samples and skits.
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