Kiryano’s new song is scarily addictive, a sugary collage of sound that hosts a barrage of carefree verses.
Kiryano has got a powerful talent for making hits. His best songs are incessantly catchy, trapping the listener in a world of constant winter made warm by layers of irrationally expensive clothing. The world created by the Ivvy League producer and singer is massively accessible to the ultra connected generation, and it shows in his numbers; “Clubbing” and “Distant” have both passed fifty thousand plays on Soundcloud. These stats are well in excess of the artist’s follower count, which sits at almost two thousand. It seems like audiences are buying into the sound, but not the artist behind it. “Give” is Kiryano’s overcharged response.
“Give” is two and a half minutes of aggressive vulnerability, graced by an emphatic antisocial attitude from Kiryano and Kketamine. Their partnership here doubles down on the successes of last year’s “Venmo”; Kiryano heads into an unintelligible falsetto. “Every day is not enough” slips through the cracks, as does “struggling on our own” and “we’re just looking for peace”. Kketamine, however, stays on the ground. He presents the outlandish as obvious fact with arrogance; “feeling down? Pour a four in the soda” he sings, before recalling a tale of a girl who was “in some funny shit” with extreme boredom. Factor in a fusion of several euphoric melodies from lj and cloudbxy and an overwhelming contrast forms. The lyrics express a particular loneliness consuming these minds and the beat represents the reckless stimulation that counters it. Part of Kiryano’s modus operandi seems to be forcing the listener into overload, demanding more attention than one listen allows.
In truth, “Give” is nothing new to Kiryano or the scene to which he belongs. What it is, though, is a distillation of the ethereal atmosphere seen in past works, expertly conflating conceit and modesty against compulsive instrumentation. But despite the exactness of melody and performance, it’s impossible to shake the feeling that none of this matters at all to the artist. “Give” is nihilism as an excuse to luxuriate in life’s extremes.
Listen to “Give” here.
– Jamie (@youngjade1216)