Things have completely taken off for Kian since winning triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2018. Extraordinarily, he achieved that feat with the first song he ever wrote. Waiting may’ve started as an experiment - “My 15th birthday was coming up and I wanted to try my hand at writing a song” - but not even Kian could’ve predicted how far it’d take him. For the rest of us, it was impossible to deny his distinctive delivery and lyrical integrity
In the time since Unearthed High, Kian has travelled the world, participated in the prestigious Bali Songwriting Invitational, performed nationally at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, and is about to head off to Europe for The Great Escape Festival and shows in support of pop influencer Conan Gray.
The Bliss EP is the next step in that journey. It features Waiting and its follow-up single Childism, which was born from a lo-fi beat discovered on YouTube. It also shows a different side to Kian. Reminiscence is a dreamy soundscape with spoken-word vocals that Kian mixed himself; Summer Insecurity explores themes of solitude over lush R&B beats; while closing track Telephone playfully incorporates samples and skits.
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