Live music might’ve taken a horrific backseat for most of 2020, but that hasn’t stopped new artists from preparing powerful online debuts. Enter one familiar name in Malta’s alternative scene who has gone from backing singer to centre stage in the best possible way.
Anyone who’s ever been to a recent alternative music gig on the island might’ve already seen – and heard – Kim Pepe perform.
The young singer has frequently offered her ethereal vocal chops to big names such as Brikkuni, even featuring on some of the band’s studio recordings. Now, though, it’s time for Kim to be put into the limelight… as KYM.
Kun is KYM’s freshly-released debut single, and if social media is anything to go by these days (which it very much is), this one young singer has managed to single-handedly breathe hype and hope into a constantly-struggling scene.
“A brilliant piece of work from top to bottom,” one fellow musician said of the Maltese-sung single and accompanying music video. “Move out of the way, because Kim has arrived and she’s about to dominate.”
The release itself is a powerhouse of collabs for the scene, with some big names already involved in the project.
Besides Kim’s vocal and songwriting prowess, Kun boasts arrangements and synth works by the musical wizard Jimmy Bartolo and bass by Oliver Degabriele, two longtime members of the almighty Brikkuni.
But that’s not all; with lyrics by Antonio Tufigno (who some will instantly remember from the local alternative scene’s earlier days), the track was mastered by Bartolo and the one and only David Vella of Temple Studios, truly the final seal of quality on any Maltese release.
The absolute cherry on the cake? The visuals, which were handed over to the light gurus of Late Interactive and shot by Andrew Schembri.
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From her signature ghostly delivery to the Björk-meets-Wild-Beasts instrumentation, KYM’s debut is a home run… and she’s already teased more.
“I’m actually going back to Temple Studios to record next week,” Kim told Lovin Malta, teasing more singles in the near future.
Here’s hoping that whatever comes next is even a fraction as cool as this, because KYM already sounds and looks to be onto a winner.
KYM’s project is being aided by the Arts Council Malta.