Kan Wakan «Phantasmagoria» Album Release
+ special guests Avi Buffalo and Jesse Jo Stark
Ages 21+ / 8:00pm Doors
Come join us for a very special night as we celebrate the release of Kan Wakan's new album «Phantasmagoria» at the beautiful new Moroccan Lounge.
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8pm | 21+ | $15 |
Visuals by CLOAKING
Phantasmagoria is Bulgarian-born, L.A. based composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gueorgi Linev’s sophomore release as Kan Wakan, landing four years after his debut, Moving On, and one year after a sumptuous selection of singles slowly began to trickle out into the sonic ether. Comfortable and confident in the long road to realization, Linev delicately presents each of Phantasmagoria’s three distinct LPs as a reward for patient, adventurous listeners.
Linev says that the distinct arcs of each LP allow for the sonic movement of ideas permission to weave across each space like the path was marked on a map.
“As it grew, Phantasmagoria was the hallway, the doors that glued each room to the other,” he adds. “The word embodies the subconscious path that flows through each piece of music, and their unique physics. And in these songs, each guest becomes a curator — a storyteller giving the room math to explain that ebb — that change of state and the metamorphosis of grief into hope.”
This decision to treat his guest vocalists as curators is unusual, particularly in our age of phoned-in electronic guest spots. As Linev learned long ago that when you send someone a track to sing on over email it often lacks a sincere emotion or vibe, he opted instead to sit down with friends and see what happens.
“It’s a dream come true when you can work with some of your best friends, people so talented. Sometimes what you need is right there.”
As such, Elle Olsun’s mysteriously moody croon haunts Phantasmagoria’s first LP faster than you can say ‘ethereal’, while Rachel Farran’s soulful delivery bookends the second LP’s adventurous, varied sonic exploration of whatever headspace you’re in at the moment. For the final act, Linev’s old touring friend SAÍGO’s upbeat energy dominates the third LP, completing a journey more intimate than any loose consortium of auto-tuned EDM vocalists could ever possibly facilitate.
Dig deeper past the words, and Linev’s personal history emerges through his production. The lush orchestral arrangements on LP2 simultaneously recall the strings on his full-length debut while evoking Linev’s first musical memory — watching his uncle, prominent Bulgarian conductor Stefan Linev, lead an orchestra through the Verdi’s Aida when he was eight.
“I remember being absolutely terrified of the costumes and the loud drama,” he says. “But I loved the orchestra!”
Linev convinced his hometown heroes, The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, to record the string arrangements for Phantasmagoria in the small breaks between working with them on another commission. In addition, Linev has scored several films, produced tracks for he likes of Thundercat and Moses Sumney, and fed all other creative input back into his work. The first feature film he ever scored, Dead Draw, was recently picked up as a Showtime original film and will premiere this fall.
Linev attributes Phantasmagoria’s hauntingly lucid flow to his double life of staying active as a composer and producer while working on the album in his downtime. Just like the metallic orbs that some black and white checkered figure holds in Leszek Bujnowski’s cover, a surreal landscape is both presented and reflected back on itself.
Phantasmagroria is a surreal sonic noir advancing Linev’s masterful compositional expanse well past the structural confines of his debut, a delicately constructed dance between the warmth of reality and the cool transience of dreams. As its three LPS become distinct compositional movements, the staid formulas of downtempo electronica, orchestral ambience and widescreen, celestial soul are fused, dissected, and ultimately evolved with communal clarity at the fore.