This past weekend, London-based visual artist and musician Willow Kayne unveils a surreal portrait of her surroundings with her new single “White City.”
Opening to crashing trip-hop-infused drums, the song boasts an eerie choir that sets the scene for the darker side of the track before Willow’s heavily treated vocal guides the listener through the area’s dull underbelly. Serving as one of her most sonically adventurous releases to date, she integrates her postmodern pop touch to juxtapose a brightness underneath the surefire song’s pervading anxiety and introspection.
Speaking on the record, Willow says, “‘White City’ is an interesting place to live. Everyone’s experiences are completely different to one another, like many places in London it seems. Gigantic new buildings appear constantly, old buildings are being destroyed everywhere I look.” She adds, “When I walk down the street here, it is a complete mixture of people. I don’t know any of them and I like it here because they certainly don’t know me. We are simply all out here for ourselves.”
The track notably serves as a follow-up to the May release of “Final Notice,” which garnered support from fans alike. Prior to that, Willow released her critically-acclaimed EP Playground Antics in February. The project includes standout cuts like “I Don’t Wanna Know” and “Face Change” among others. Expect more music from the musician later this year.
Listen to Willow Kayne’s new record “White City” below.