Prepare to be captivated by Kiol

KIOL Releases brand new single Lonely Out 24th April 2020. Including the self-recorded and self-edited video filmed over 24 hours during the lockdown. From the debut album ‘Techno Drug Store’ releases July 17th 2020.

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KIOL Releases brand new single Lonely Out 24th April 2020.

Including the self-recorded and self-edited video filmed over 24 hours during the lockdown. From the debut album ‘Techno Drug Store’ releases July 17th 2020.

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Be captivated by Kiol and his fitting new single Lonely. Released during the lockdown, its lyrics are a timely ode to making mischief alone, packed with fictional friends, synthesised instruments and weed-addled nights watching porn.

With its earworm whistle and tales of life on leaving home, Lonely shares DNA with carefree pop classics as diverse as Peter Bjorn and John’s Young Folks and Sheryl Crow’s All I Wanna Do.

Written after the 22-year-old Italian moved from Turin to London in 2018 to study songwriting at BIMM, every instrument – either live or on Logic – is played by the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Lonely is “me imagining having lots of friends round, but in fact, they’re all me, each is a different version of me. Rolled into one, they’re a cliché of an average, the 20-something guy sat at a screen, waiting for fried chicken to be delivered.”

Currently stuck in France, Kiol has filmed a lockdown video for the single that perfectly captures the sentiment of the single and the current times.

The album Techno Drug Store (released July 17th), is a sunshine-soaked joy. Breezy melodies, life-affirming lyrics and a sense of adventure define instantly addictive songs which sound at once familiar and fresh.

Techno Drug Store marks a sonic leap on for Kiol – whose previous releases include the million-plus streaming hits Broken Up Again and Wrinkless, which soundtracked a Fiat 500 ad. His folk-rock influences of old – Nutini, Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard – still surface in his catchy choruses and use of acoustic guitar. Still, self-produced, the new songs are more electronic, with hip hop drums, dashes of disco and lashings of playful pop.

“I’ve become a bit of a nerd on Logic,” says Kiol. “It allowed me to create more complex arrangements and be more adventurous with textures. From playing so many shows, I’ve learnt what works live and realised there are more exciting ways of building an atmosphere than just starting a singalong.

I wrote every arrangement on the computer. Every song I wrote alone. Every instrument I played or programmed. My latest inspirations are Damon Albarn, Mac Miller and Moby, but being able to self-produce helped me to find my own sound.”