12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prepare to be wowed by the seamless amalgam of early folk, ‘60s pop, and orchestral balladry offered by this impressive Los Angeles ensemble. With the gorgeous, silken (but perhaps tear-stained) vocals of Kristianne Bautista and a huge cadre of musicians and contributors (saxophone, a variety of percussion, Moog synthesizer, strings, pedal steel, upright bass, and more), Kan Wakan is the brainchild of composer and musician Gueorgui Linev, who seems to have been raised on everything from John Barry (known for work on James Bond film themes) to Fairport Convention and Malibu canyon jazz and folk-rock of the '70s. While Linev covers a lot of musical history in his influences—“Why Don’t You Save Me?” and “Like I Need You” sound like a cross between Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, and cinematic tunes like “Forever Found” and the jazz-tinged “Sawdust” evoke early James Bond soundtracking—he has a truly fresh take on those influences. Linev even breathes a little downtempo chill into the sultry “Moving On” and “Are We Saying Goodbye,” while the “Midnight Moon” tracks slither and drift with delicious inventiveness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prepare to be wowed by the seamless amalgam of early folk, ‘60s pop, and orchestral balladry offered by this impressive Los Angeles ensemble. With the gorgeous, silken (but perhaps tear-stained) vocals of Kristianne Bautista and a huge cadre of musicians and contributors (saxophone, a variety of percussion, Moog synthesizer, strings, pedal steel, upright bass, and more), Kan Wakan is the brainchild of composer and musician Gueorgui Linev, who seems to have been raised on everything from John Barry (known for work on James Bond film themes) to Fairport Convention and Malibu canyon jazz and folk-rock of the '70s. While Linev covers a lot of musical history in his influences—“Why Don’t You Save Me?” and “Like I Need You” sound like a cross between Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin, and cinematic tunes like “Forever Found” and the jazz-tinged “Sawdust” evoke early James Bond soundtracking—he has a truly fresh take on those influences. Linev even breathes a little downtempo chill into the sultry “Moving On” and “Are We Saying Goodbye,” while the “Midnight Moon” tracks slither and drift with delicious inventiveness.

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About Kan Wakan

Los Angeles-based project Kan Wakan makes moody, ornate, orchestral-influenced rock and pop music. Formed in 2012 as an instrumental project for Bulgarian-born composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev, Kan Wakan also prominently featured lead singer Kristianne Bautista. In 2013, Kan Wakan released its debut EP, co-produced by Linev and guitarist Peter Potyondy along with producer/engineer Darrell Thorp. The EP, which garnered airplay on Los Angeles' KCRW radio station, also featured orchestral parts via the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra led by Linev's uncle, Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra conductor Stefan Linev. In 2014, Kan Wakan returned with its debut full-length album, Moving On. ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Los Angeles, CA
BORN
2012

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