SONG PICK: Hilang Child – King Quail (Video)
“King Quail” is every bit as mesmerizing as you would expect from a song with royalty in the title. It is the super gorgeous new single by Brighton-based singer, musician, and songwriter Hilang Child, ahead of his upcoming album “Every Mover”. Leading up to his album, the Welsh-Indonesian artist nee Ed Riman has released a series of stunning singles and videos: “Good to Be Young”, “Seen The Boreal” and “Anthropic (Cold Times).” His second full-length record is scheduled for January 8th, 2022 out via Bella Union.
When asked about “King Quail” Ed Riman says:
King Quail is about taking a step back and realizing the absurdity of modelling one’s life and appearance around what you think others want to see, rather than living for yourself. It’s about learning to be comfortable the way you are, breaking away from that fear of rejection and the feeling that we have to exaggerate ourselves into some showpiece to gain the validation of others.
Ed details further how the track became life and substance:
The song started one night in Wyldest frontwoman Zoe Mead’s basement studio in Greenwich. I had this OP-1 loop and a motorik 808 beat, which I’d been messing around with for a while. We spent the night jamming over it and shaping it into a psychedelic, krautrocky pop-song with Zoe adding spacey guitar and myself reworking the drums, allowing the groove to loosen up. We ended up using a large chunk of the demo in the final version with my co- producer JMAC (Troye Sivan, Haux, Lucy Rose) adding some finishing touches to hone the song.
Much to our utter surprise and delight, Ed mentions a musician we not only are fans of but saw live a few times already. Most recently at this year’s The New Colossus Festival. Joyful, personal trivia: the hugs we had exchanged with Zoe were also the last ones we gave and received outside our two-person glamglare-bubble. What a wonderful collaboration! More of this please with a result so irresistibly pleasing as “King Quail”.
Like with his previous singles, “King Quail” also received a visual treatment. The music video is directed by Ed Riman himself and filmed by Elliot Tatler. Listen to “King Quail”, our Song Pick of the Day, and check out the video:
Photo credit: Elliot Tatler