It’s always nice to hear from a fresh talent and in the times in which we are all living it’s more welcome than ever. Typically speaking I’m a rock guy but I’m not immune to the charms of a mellow ballad if the sincerity is there and I feel it is in this instance.
Whilst listening to the song I was wracking my brains as to who Kiyu reminded me of vocally. It took a while for me to figure it out but then it hit me : Jeff Buckley! I don’t mean in a copycat sense I mean in that he does broadly comparable things tonally with his voice. That’s quite the comparison in my eyes and not one I make frivolously.
“Rain” is a simple straight forward listen but doesn’t feel overly familiar which is a blessing. I want to hear more from Kiyu and am hoping that the musical style he shows here is but one of many in his repertoire.