A Mellow Fellow: TONIGHT By KYRIAKOS GABRIEL VARNAVA

"I always felt that there were things that could simply never be communicated verbally. There were things, emotions, feelings and thoughts that I could not express using formal language."
13 April 2021

By Charlotte Christie 

When I pressed play on Tonight by Kyriakos Gabriel Varnava, I invested. Varnava has said in previous interviews that the song “was written during (and for) hours late at night when you are waiting and waiting for someone to come and you are left with empty promises”. Therefore, I bided my time until it was dark outside, raining, and ready to embrace whatever this feeling was inside of me. To my relief, something connected and I had that much-needed cry, fixing everything. 

Tonight is Varnava’s second single of 2021 and it is best described as a sensitive, atmospheric ballad. Moreover, it reminded me just how much I love bands like Radiohead and The Church. Much like the latter’s smash Under the Milky Way, the track keeps it simple, pairing an acoustic guitar with Varnava’s wonderful voice. The result is stirring and soulful. 

Tonight may only be 4 minutes long, but it is able to capture so much. I truly believe that its ability to create a feeling that is hard to put into words makes it a particularly unique release. I recommend that you go and see for yourself. 

What sparked your first desire to create music?

I always felt that there were things that could simply never be communicated verbally. There were things, emotions, feelings, and thoughts that I could not express using formal language. 

‘Tonight’ creates an amazing atmosphere. What do you hope people will take away from
the track?

I hope that Tonight will have a cathartic effect on the audience. People will be able to express themselves through the track and that will help lift a heavyweight off from their chest!

Are there any subjects that you haven’t made music about that you are itching to tackle?

Yes! Politics!! These last days I felt the urge to write a political song (or better say a song that politically stands for something!)

Who or what is your greatest influence?

My memories from my childhood and my exposure to classic rock music have been my most major influence! And the thing that inspires me the most is human relationships! In all of their forms. Friendships, romantic ones or even our professional ones!

What band/artist would you like to cover one of your songs?

Sivert Hoyem with no doubt!!

Without referring to a genre, how would you describe your music?

Holding a glass of something while gazing outside the window vibe…

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