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London-based KINDER has unveiled his new EP, 'Feeling Gets Too Heavy', marking the first release through his own independent record label, Lapsang House. The moniker of singer-songwriter Leo Wyatt, KINDER hasn’t wasted any time since the release of his debut EP in 2016 and the new collection is a welcome reminder of the distinctive falsettoed soul that made ‘Light’ such a powerful force. The young producer garnered strong support towards the end of 2016 from Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and in the form of over 65,000 Spotify streams in a day for the first single, making his way into the Global Viral 50. With brand new material to whet a collective appetite, it won’t be long before this multi-instrumentalist is making even more sizeable waves.
‘Feeling Gets Too Heavy’ is a large slice of soul-infused bliss, so it may come as a surprise that Leo wrote the title track as ‘a cry for help when stress and anxiety start to take hold of your life.’ Wanting to learn and evolve from the sound he’d created for the first EP, the pulse of this new release beats with a newfound intensity, inspired by a sold out live date at Oval Space's The Pickle Factory supporting The Naked Eye. The opening few bars couple the bell-like chimes of a Rhodes with a crackled drum sample before Leo’s hushed vocal enters, beautifully harmonising in his Buckley-esque tone. The lyrics speak of a hollow rage and wanting to give up, but when the chorused guitar hook climbs up and down its playful melody there’s a shimmering vision of hope.
Illustrating unmistakable vocal artistry as he layers harmony upon harmony, the effortless blend of warm, metallic keys and dusty beats have now become integral to KINDER’s sound. The classically trained pianist performed, recorded and produced everything on ‘Feeling Gets Too Heavy’, before calling upon recent MOBO UnSung nominee Magnus Thomson (GoodBrain) for the final mix. Drenched in the kind of melodic charm that will worm its way into your subconscious for days to come, KINDER’s new record is further proof of Leo’s undeniable finesse for songwriting.