Infectious and effortless… groove-laden soulful masterstrokes” – Noisey
“Minimalist vibes, captivating vocals… impeccable melodies” – Pigeons & Planes
“More fire from the young Dutch duo… the boys are off to a strong start” – i-D
Singer Nick Klein and producer Ferdous Dehzad are based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands; together as KLYNE, the duo make mellow electronic pop that fizzes and glitches like a sunnier counterpart to Jai Paul’s harder sound.
Klyne first caught everyone’s attention with their critically-acclaimed debut EP ‘Paralyzed’ on Aesop, as well as their debut remix – a rework of Disclosure’s ‘Omen’ feat. Sam Smith – before signing to Because Music and going on to release their first two singles, ‘Don’t Stop’ & ‘Water Flow’.
Both tracks hit the #1 spot on Hype Machine whilst garnering support from i-D, PIGEONS & PLANES, THE FADER and NOISEY as well as receiving airplay support from BBC R1, 6 Music and Beats1 as well as massively outperforming on Spotify, with ‘Water Flow’ racing to over 6 million streams and counting.
These early singles also came accompanied by stunningly original videos – the ‘Don’t Stop’ video was directed by choreographer and film-maker Holly Blakey and the ‘Water Flow’ video, directed by Thomas Ralph was shot entirely on iPhones, documenting three friends on a road trip across a fractured and fractious Europe.
With their new single, ‘Still Not Over You’ premiered with Pigeons & Planes and further tastemaker support already from BBCR1’s Huw Stephens, Klyne reveal the video via Dazed (TBC) with them describing the video as [add Dazed quote].
Wanting to create a similarly inventive video to their previous efforts, the band teamed up with artist and director Margot Bowman, whose ethos of exploring what it means to be a human being in a digital world aligned perfectly with their layered, cerebral style.
Bowman explains: “we used a giant electronic road sign to test how we experience the world. The inanimate road sign flashes extracts of the songs emotional lyrics to the public. Playing with the expectation that our technology ‘understands’, ‘knows’ or ‘recognises’ us. Like a giant IRL Siri, some find meaning, hope and connection but for others it’s just another cold Tuesday morning.”
The band expands on the theme: “It’s a heartbreak song but not so depressing that it makes you want to cry*. Although the lyrics are 100% desperate – we’re just trying to keep it playful, so there’s a lot more energy in it compared to our previous tracks.”
Having supported Years & Years across Europe, Christine and the Queens and having made their debut trip to the US with shows in NYC and at SXSW only last week, Klyne return to our shores to headline Pickle Factory on Monday 15 May.