Kan Wakan is a name that many have never heard of. Breaking into the scene with such an inspiring breadth of artistic talent, that obscurity may be coming to an end. Based in LA, the band’s self titled debut EP features a mix of 60’s jazz and contemporary rock all wrapped up in provocative and hypnotic vocals. Infused with influences of Air, Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen, their sound is one which stands out amongst the rest.
But where they are now, wasn’t the original direction of instrumentalist Gueorgui I. Linev, the Bulgarian-born brainchild. With the involvement of others, this small ensemble evolved into Kan Wakan, with Kristianne Bautista (vocals), Peter Potyondy (guitar), Ian Anderson (bass), Dannon Rampton (violin), Jesse Aumiller (keyboards, saxophone), and Keith Krey (drums). With such a large number of members, there is still a minimalistic approach in which the band draws its earliest roots.
Under the direction of Linev as Potyondy as producers and steered in the right direction with the help of Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Gnarls Barkley), the band spent the best part of 2013 recording their EP, which would pave the way for their first full length album, “Moving On,” in 2014.
Despite the limited number of songs they have under their belt, they’ve already gained their share of notice. Forever Found radio, KCRW, and even LA have acknowledged their album, citing the band as one to watch for in the near future. Yet until the release of the album, Kan Wakan will be playing shows at only a select few cities. A show which has been hailed as “like a masterful ballet,” combining the impressive talents of all members into a blend of complex and minimalistic arrangements.
Catch them in San Diego at the Griffen November 3rd.