Track Premiere: Kan Wakan “Phantasmagoria Part 1”

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Phantasmagoria is the title of the forthcoming Triple LP from L.A. based composer/songwriter Gueorgui Linev who records under the moniker Kan Wakan (pre-order here). I met Linev a few years ago when I hosted a performance featuring Kan Wakan at KCRW’s One Colorado series in Pasadena. Within a few minutes of beginning our conversation, I realized I was speaking with someone who held a deep passion for all music, in all of its guises and structures and muses of the moment.

Phantasmagoria (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Clearly Linev is a perpetual conduit for musical muses, and we as listeners are all the better for it.

“Phantasmagoria Part 1 (the first of three parts of a succession)” is a sprawling, inviting track which makes the best use of it’s featured vocalist Elle Olsun, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (there’s a horn solo towards the end of the song that I’m currently living for). Add in drums from Ian Chang (of Son Lux), and you basically have a perfect pedigree. Be prepared for multiple listens, and some delightfully lucid dreams.

From the artist:

““Phantasmagoria Pt. 1” is a haunted story of an empath, taking place in a dream-state – tall and obtuse, a movement through rooms, where walls are windows and doors swing enter/exit on whim-ful moments, making sense as its path unfurls yet perplexing to explain upon reflection.”

Let’s take a trip to that world right now:

(Photo credit: Emilio Guerra)