The Southern California-based Billy Kim impressed us when he released his debut EP as Karaboudjan last year, with IMAGO putting him on the map as a solo artist. Kim is also part of Tycho‘s live band, where he cut his teeth before embarking on a career of his own, and it’s taking him places.
His second EP is due out in the autumn, and while the full reveal is a little while away yet, Kim has unveiled a teaser track in the form of ‘SCATTER’, his first offering of 2022. It’s a widescreen song that takes influence from psychedelia and dreampop, as well as the feeling of gratitude Kim has rediscovered as a touring musician. As he puts it: “‘SCATTER’ is about the journey of discovery and the nostalgia of traveling. When I was a kid, I always envied the kids who came back from holiday with stories from their international adventures. Growing up, my family never had taken us on a plane before, even domestically so naturally I had always considered it to be a certain privilege I wouldn’t experience. […] I had this moment on tour, where this immense sense of appreciation dawned over me. It doesn’t take too much to get burnt out from weeks on the road, so I guess this is my subtle reminder to appreciate things more, which became even more apparent after the start of the pandemic.”
We’re premiering ‘SCATTER’ ahead of release tomorrow. Tune in below, and keep an eye out for more to come from Karaboudjan later in the year.