German-Australian alt-pop artist Evan Klar returns with a brand new cut ‘Special’, lifted from the forthcoming EP ‘Blissful Thinking’ due 11th June through cult Berlin label Grönland Records.
Drawing on a myriad of influences from house, pop, soul and trap, ‘Special’, produced by power-house duo Kilian & Jo (Tujamo, Cro, Majan), is an effervescent, addictive slice of alt-pop bliss, offering us a personal insight into the mind of Evan. He says: “Writing either buries me in the dirt or flies me to the moon, it never lands somewhere in middle. ‘Special’ takes me to the most confusing but beautiful memory. I think it’s about how scary falling in love can be.”
About the video, Evan adds: “I watched the movie Phone Booth with Colin Farrell and had the idea to be the person on the other line singing my song ‘Special’. So I messaged my buddy Ryen ‘Bro I’ve got a 20 year old mini DV camcorder, wanna make an Oscar winning movie with me?’ …a few hours later we met at a phone booth in Friedrichshain Berlin and shared the best zero budget video making experience ever… apart from whoever stole my jacket while we were filming.. It was midnight with literally no one around so I’m suspicious of the figure that comes into the frame top left at 2:06? Special shout out to my buddy Ryen for his directing and filming debut and his wonderful partner Emma for lighting the scenes, putting my outfit together and buying us pizza!”
Currently residing between Berlin and Melbourne by way of Singapore, the self-confessed pop addict spends all his time producing music for both himself and other artists and claims his “confusing identity” fuels his approach to making pop music.
Evan‘s nomadic lifestyle led him across Europe plying his trade as a session musician for Primary One, Charlie XCX, and Alex Metric, including appearances at Glastonbury, Big Chill, and The Great Escape Festival. Evan ultimately felt disconnected when playing other’s music, and decided to pursue his own path. “Pop music keeps me young and happy, it kinda reminds me of playing with lego as a kid” – his approach seemingly carefree but his writing often deeply personal and inquisitive.
2020 was an exciting year for Evan Klar, signing with Groenland Records / Monchique, to release of his first single ‘I do’ with radio support from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. ‘I do’ was followed by three further releases: ‘Figure it out’ (over 3 million streams) in collaboration with artist and producer Novaa, as well as ‘Make the Most of This’ and ‘Costume Shop’. Coupled with his refreshing self-made approach to music, Evan Klar has accumulated over 160.000 monthly Spotify listeners through a turbulent year. ‘Special’ follows on from recent acclaimed track ‘Illusions’ and heralds the beginning of much more to come.
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