They’re not the best at spelling, but they’re not half bad at making emotively moving pop music.
The first single from KAWALA, ‘Small Death’, is bathed in melancholy, showcasing the delicate intricacies of their voices that melt together in ethereal harmony. Picking up pace at the chorus, subtle tropical rhythm begins to rumble. Steadily starting to fizz with simple optimism and finding a sunny outlook in their folksy lyrics, the track is turned on its melodic head.
Unifying and sonically together, the track is best accompanied by the video. Filmed in and around their home of Camden/Kentish Town, it shows the duo meeting friends and exploring, honing home the message of this delightful track – despite the title. Fun, free, and friendly. The yellow shirt contributes, too.
Take a deeper look at the places that feature, and make KAWALA, well, KAWALA.
“As born-and-bred Kentish Towners, we couldn’t not set our first music video on the greatest high street on Earth. Our opening sequence offers you a little insight in to the bustle of a normal day in KT.”
“Next stop, Mario’s Cafe. And the greatest cafe around. We were all lucky enough to spend our childhood visiting this iconic spot, and mingling with the famous musical regulars. Still our go-to spot for the finest Chicken Escalope in all the land.”
“Stripping it right back to where it all started. The two of us first met up at Jim’s place to compare music taste three years ago. All these years on and we’re discussing our music video for our debut single in tmrw mag…what a feeling!”
“One of the fundamental aspects of us growing as a band is building a strong force of creatives around us. From artists and designers, to other musicians, we want to be able to call on each other to grow and expand as a local movement. This is present in the closing scene of the video where we feature the mind blowing animated illustrations of good friend Frank Morris. This references the ‘Small Death’ single artwork which he also magically illustrated.”
Words by Tanyel Gumushan