LEO WYATT comes to us from the heart of the capital with a luxurious and haunting line in expansive, (semi-) acoustic songcraft, and boy, that voice; betcha your bottom dollar that you haven’t heard anyone roll out a song so hauntingly since you first clapped ears on OK Computer.
“Call Out” is his second single, and his vocal is recorded seemingly right next to you, warm and so human, his presence floods the room; and as the song rises in tandem with his creamy vibrato winding through, breaking to wordless lament, it seizes your heart more than a little bit. With a voice like this, you don’t need words to articulate emotional complexity.
“Call Out” follows last month’s “Gently” in laying the ground for KINDER’s debut album, Different, which is due out on Leo’s own Lapsang House label on October 22nd.
“I wrote this song about a specific moment in my life where I was feeling extremely isolated and my reactions were very self-destructive,” says Leo.
“I remember wanting to ask for help but feeling like there was no one to talk to.” Instead he sought catharsis in the universal parley of song.
The album, Different, is unflinchingly autobiographical and takes an overview of where he was at the end of a relationship and the self-destructive behaviours that resulted.
He found he’d moulded his personality to fit those relationships and had become a stranger looked back from the glass and the album is his journey and conversation with himself as the veils fell away and he stood in front of the mirror, seeing for perhaps the first time in a good while.
“I believe that this process, while long and drawn out, has helped me assess who I am as a human being on this planet and who I want to strive to be as I grow older,” Leo says.
“I want to be kinder, non-judgemental, forgiving and loving.”