There’s a world of depth to Kayla Painter’s new EP. The Bristol-based musician has always made tracks which are thick with texture, and Cannibals at Sea takes that approach to greater heights than before. From ‘Sentimental Swagger,’ which builds a steady tension with vocal snippets and percussion, to ‘Sacrificial Magic’, which takes more traditional vocals to create an atmosphere, the engrossing details are what connect the EP’s different parts together. ‘Greeting Your Enemies’ has a loose, swung rhythm, filtered through the glitchy sound palette that Kayla has quickly carved out for herself. ‘Eating Your Enemies,’ on the other hand, starts out loose and unspooled, taking shape slowly into a dark, percussive groove. And ‘Kenopsia,’ the warmest track on the album, is a pensive meditation, coloured by the piano chords which punctuate it.
It explores her mixed heritage, between Fijian and British, and what it’s like to grow up in a household where two different cultures are present. She probes traditional Pacific islander beliefs, comparing those superstitions with traditional British working class values. In particular, the idea of cannibalism in Fiji, and how that might be a way of looking at her identity between Britain and the South Pacific island.
“Fragmented beats, heading towards uncharted musical territories” - Crack Magazine
“Kayla is responsible for some of the most insidious, original and beguiling sounds to have blessed my airwaves. Off kilter, unpredictable and thoroughly 21st century” - Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales
released October 26, 2018
All tracks written and produced by Kayla Painter.
Sacrificial Magic vocals by Neil Gay.
Kensopia, strings played by Prabjote Osahn and additional keys by LTO.
Mastering Dave Holder
Artwork Ed Bidgood