Kuri - “Sort Sol" (Nevado Music): This singer/songwriter/producer releases his debut album No Village on Nevado Music on June 7. Judging from this gently dazzling new single, look for it to make a real splash.
His press bio explains that Kuri, "born and raised in the city of Abbotsford, British Columbia, found himself constantly looking outward. The small Mennonite community he grew up in encouraged 'a sense of questioning everything to figure out why we do what we do.'"
Says Kuri of “Sort Sol,” “This song is so much about connecting to the chaos of existence and to the unity in how we move ourselves amongst other selves. I think this visual helps aid that sentiment. Where is the line between the individual and the whole? Is there much of a line at all?”
A sense of a philosophical quest is driven by haunting vocals, genuinely poetic lyrics ("I saw the starling black sun in bloom"), and a stunning accompanying video.
Kuri cites influences as diverse as Robert Glasper, Radiohead, Tinariwen, and John Cage. He is a committed multi-instrumentalist, employing piano, drums, congas, strings, horns, bass, and guitar on the album. "Every instrument has its language,” he explains. “I try to hone the language of each one. It helps articulate the overall goal.”
His big break came from entering the CBC Searchlight competition, as his songs caught the attention of Nevado Music, which signed him last year.
Kuri has upcoming shows at Vancouver's Fox Cabaret, May 29, Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir, BC (June 7-9), and Los Angeles' Love Song Bar, June 12.
Publicity: Take Aim Media