From Russia to Cyprus, singer-songwriter, producer, and recording artist Kyunaa introduces us to his versatile electronic inclinations with his latest 5-track EP, 'Spiral.'
The Cyprus-based artist began creating music around the age of 13, which later transitioned into a heavy mix of electronic and underground music. Fast forward to today, Kyunaa's broadened his horizons with the sounds of pop, hip-hop, and trap, describing his sound as "Gorrilaz binge-watching Bladerunner with Rammstein."
Recently releasing his 5-track EP, 'Spiral,' the project opens with the high-energy introductory track, "Moon Eyes." As Kyunaa's powerful delivery makes its initial appearance, he livens our spirits with help from his plucky and versatile sonic background that brings us all the heat and fire we've been craving. We love the dynamic range of this song, as Kyunaa opens the track with this heavy hip-hop rap while transitioning into a dark-pop atmosphere with his crunchy vocal filters and overall energetic performance. We can't get enough of this spicy and exhilarating project opener, as it perfectly introduces us to the versatile sound and style that Kyunaa has to offer.
Moving into the next track, "BassHound," this track opens on a more eerie and haunting note with Kyunaa's powerful vocal delivery and the accompanying electronic sonics that later drop into a plucky hip-hop beat. As Kyunaa begins to dive into the song's lyrical content, he expands on the false realities that vain and self-centered artists create for themselves while biting off more than they can chew. As we reach the bass-heavy hook, Kyunaa rides the scorching hot beat while the sonics pump up the party and pierce us with incredible energy and sonic zest.
The EP's midway point "Sleep in Your Sleep," opens with a plucky synth arrangement that drops into the powerful hip-hop beat while Kyunaa makes his upbeat vocal appearance and jumps into his lively rap. The song's lyrical theme touches on the experience of waking up only to find out that you've been dreaming this whole time. We can't help but feel that this track acts as a needed wake-up call to anyone who's lost themselves in unhealthy fantasy or the false realities that society encourages through social media. As the lush and dynamic sonics float in the background and lead us to the outro, Kyunaa jumps around the fiery hook one last time to close the track.
Reaching the title track, "Spiral," the tune opens on a more ominous and haunting note through the short synth bursts and Kyunaa's introspective delivery. As he begins to elaborate on how we are all living probabilities and how we must keep our guard up in a world as busy and vain as today, Kyunaa moves into the powerful hook that punches our speakers with a blazing synth arrangement and a hefty bassline. We can't get enough of the song's intense and gripping sonic production, as it's a perfect blend of modern hip-hop, pop, and crunchy electronic music.
Closing the EP with the outro track, "Hand in the Rain," the song steadily opens with a lush background pad alongside fluttery keyboard melodies that bring this incredible and soothing ambiance. As samples of rain pour through our speakers, Kyunaa makes his vocal appearance and begins to serenade us with a more relaxed and reflective vocal approach. Listening to his lyricism, Kyunaa expands on the relatable theme of feeling pressure in order to grow and develop. As the sonics drop us into the dreamy and hazy hook one last time, the song closes on this deeply introspective note that has us questioning whether we're doing all we can to be the best version of ourselves.
Experience the sonic and lyrical versatility of Kyunaa and his recent 5-track EP, 'Spiral,' now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Kyunna, and congratulations on the release of your recent 5-track EP, 'Spiral.' What inspired you to create this EP? What theme or concept did you want to deliver in this project?
Thank you very much! The main drive for "Spiral" was the situation I got myself into - In early 2021 I decided to drastically change the musical direction of Kyunaa and explore genres and styles I had close to zero knowledge of. This has opened an endless number of paths and directions to explore and has given me enough passion to get lost in for a good while. Thematically, I did not care about cohesion or anything specific as long as it represents the new Kyunaa in a clear way - energetic, bouncy, melancholic pop with hip-hop elements. The lyrics mostly speak about my influences, background, fears, and incompetence that I am working on, a lot of it has to do with realizing your flaws and failures and working on them
When did you begin forming ideas and sonics for the EP, 'Spiral?' How long did it take to create and finalize the project?
In late 2020 I decided to make an album. Back then it was meant to be something synthwave and dark electro, but the moment that my new pop/hip hop inspirations hit me I realized that I most likely will not be pursuing that direction at the moment so in February of this year I started drafting the ideas, 95% of which were very terrible replicas of the songs that influenced me the most. Around May I had a shortlist of around 60 demos which all had to be ranked and eliminated in a sort of contest of terrible song ideas and so I ended up with a set of 10 tracks I believed in the most. In the end, I think that through the pain of these awkward steps I think I have managed to put together something more like "me".
Do you have a favorite song within the EP, 'Spiral?' Could you elaborate on why you're so drawn to this track in particular?
The idea behind the songs of "Spiral" was always to make it as diverse as possible, to pack different sides of Kyunaa into it, so by definition there is no one song I like amongst others, it really depends on the mood or mental/spiritual state. "Moon Eyes" is very mysterious and bouncy, while "Sleep in Your Sleep" is sensitive and light. "BassHound" and "Spiral" are more heavy and edgier tracks of the EP, while "Hand In The Rain" is an ethereal ambient song for rainy days. They are all very different, and this difference is my favorite song
Did you work with any producers during the creation of 'Spiral?' Or did you handle the EP's sonic production entirely yourself?
The entire writing, production, mixing, and mastering was done by me, but that is not to say that there were no people who helped me and supported me throughout the EP creation. German-based producer "Faderhead" was especially helpful in organizing days of mass rebuking which consisted of people I have never spoken to in the past messaging me to finally stop messing around and finish the EP. He also gave a lot of production and song-writing insight that helped the EP to end up more cohesive and effective.
How does this EP, 'Spiral,' represent you and your music? What can listeners learn about you through this project?
Right now I am making the very first steps in this musical direction that is very new to me. I am very happy about it but on the other hand, there are times when I feel scared and uncertain about what I am doing: "Is this music good enough,?" "am I doing a good job at speaking myself through this music?" But beyond the fears, mental loops, and questions there is a greater joy of being certain that in this exact moment this music and this EP speaks "me" pretty well. It is at times hard-hitting and strong, and at times it's vulnerable and sensitive, sometimes certain and direct and sometimes dreamy and ethereal, I think these sides apply to me as well. I hope that the listeners connect to some of these songs and their natures.