I first stumbled upon the enigmatic K Á R Y Y N reading about Björk's inspirations in the Guardian last autumn. The Syrian-Armenian-American artist is paying a hauntingly elegant homage to Aleppo, her childhood hometown with this uncompromising slice of electronica, echoing some of FKA Twigs' most ethereal aural escapades. "Aleppo" comes from K Á R Y Y N's double A-side single "Quanta 1" and the song is accompanied by VHS home footage from her time in the Syrian city. The singer's breathy vocals, combined with the minimal, unnerving production, create an unforgettable atmosphere. K Á R Y Y N lists Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, Kendrick Lamar and Lebanese diva Fairouz as her biggest musical influences in this interview for Phoenix Magazine.
Photo by Derek Hutchison.