Kukuni – “Sirens”


“Sirens” is the latest track from Kukuni, the Los Angeles-based project of Willy Christie. Showing a playful, bouncy sound with shades of Paul Simon in its worldly scope, “Sirens” is representative of the project’s lyrical embrace for “symbols, myth and fables; the language of the subconscious.” This particular track tells of Krishna and Narada:

“Finding Himself thirsty, Krishna asked Narada to bring him some water from a nearby house. When Narada knocked on the door of the house, a beautiful woman opened it. Mesmerised by her beauty, he proceeded to ask her hand in marriage. She agreed, and they set up a house near a river for them to start their life together. Seven years and three children later, a storm sets in and washes away Narada’s house and family. In complete despair, Narada hears a thunderous voice. “Where is my water?””

The second half enthralls with a bassy hop and lushly entrancing spoken-word sample, evolving seamlessly back into the track’s crisp beginnings, where whistling percussive additions, vibrant vocals, and playful twangs concoct a memorable fervor. “Sirens” is fully indicative of a project with genre-spanning reach, satisfying with a uniquely invigorating sound.

“Sirens” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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