KYOTI dropped new single Chimera last month to widespread acclaim. It’s a grand, haunting piece of electronic soul, combining the minimalism of James Blake with the extroverted confidence of John Grant. Now, there’s a video to accompany it.
Lead singer Ed Burgeon wrote the track after reading about the death of Carole Lombard, Clark Gable’s third wife. “Chimera is about moving past the loss of a loved one, and that strange internal conflict you feel at times of great change,” Burgeon explains.
“The word ‘Chimera’ is the state of being two things in one, and something which is unattainable. Both these meanings resonate throughout the song which is about love, grief, and the strange dichotomy of mixed emotions as a relationship ends“.
The video sees KYOTI teaming up with theatre director Tom Birch. It’s a single, one-take closeup with Burgeon performing directly to camera as bursts of light and film projections are bestrewed upon his face in correlation with the track’s various crescendos. It’s an eerily beautiful statement of intent from a band very much on the rise.
Words by Niall Flynn