Kan Wakan: Moving On (Verve) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Kan Wakan

Moving On

Verve

Jul 01, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands Bookmark and Share


Kan Wakan's debut full-length Moving On cruises along like the soundtrack to a scenic adventure. Often characterized by its lush, cinematic sound, the Los Angeles band started off as the small orchestral project of composer/producer Gueorgui I. Linev. Linev soon acquired more members, however, adding soulful narrator Kristianne Bautista and guitarist Peter Potyondy to the fold. With those additions came transformations, which allowed Kan Wakan to craft an even more grandiose sound, one that could easily score a lost James Bond film. Even such a simple line as "My love, we tried/Are we saying goodbye?" unfurls like an enigmatic soliloquy. Swooning orchestra crescendos become the foundations on Moving On, but songs swell with kaleidoscopic glimmers of psychedelic soul, jazz, and Americana, and the results are winding and picturesque. This is best exemplified on the two-part closing opus "Midnight Moon Pt. I" and "Midnight Moon Pt. II," which wander off on a high note, skittering away into a piano and rhythm-driven interstellar distance that aptly parallels the band's Tagalog name. (www.kanwakan.com)

Author rating: 7.5/10

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