FM PREMIERE: On ‘The View’, Liam Mera Kai shares empathy and soundscapes

South London​ singer-songwriter and rapper​ Liam Mera Kai​, is reshaping the narrative of alt-pop with his latest single, The View. T​he fresh new tune ​​showcases Kai​’s unique craftsmanship, blending empowering lyricism with a fusion of alt hip-hop, neo-soul, and alt R&B, occasionally laced with elements of UK dance.  Despite his youth, Kai​’s ability to weave personal anecdotes into a tapestry of sound is captivating, marking him as a rising star in the music scene.​ In a recent conversation, Kai​ reflects on the inspiration behind The View, saying, “I think everyone feels lost sometimes. Or perhaps concerned that they’re not where they thought they would be. A feeling deep
10 November 2023

South London​ singer-songwriter and rapper​ Liam Mera Kai​, is reshaping the narrative of alt-pop with his latest single, The View. T​he fresh new tune ​​showcases Kai​’s unique craftsmanship, blending empowering lyricism with a fusion of alt hip-hop, neo-soul, and alt R&B, occasionally laced with elements of UK dance. 

Despite his youth, Kai​’s ability to weave personal anecdotes into a tapestry of sound is captivating, marking him as a rising star in the music scene.​ In a recent conversation, Kai​ reflects on the inspiration behind The View, saying, “I think everyone feels lost sometimes. Or perhaps concerned that they’re not where they thought they would be. A feeling deep down that you were meant for more, but you don’t know how to get there. So, you begin to wonder if you’ll ever get there. If you ever see “The View” that you imagined. The track sees honest lyricism, combined with a purposefully rigid delivery, sit within a blend of lo-fi and alt hip-hop to truly capture this sombre, somewhat uncomfortable, realisation.”

The track beautifully encapsulates this introspective journey, combining honest lyricism, a purposefully rigid delivery, and a blend of lo-fi and alt hip-hop to evoke a somber yet real revelation.

Liam Mera Kai’s approach to music goes beyond the conventional. A thinker at heart, he sees the process as an opportunity rather than a hindrance, a path to follow rather than a bridge to cross. His influences are as vast as the world itself, ranging from the undeniable authenticity of Loyle Carner to the experimental work of Bakar, and from the soulfulness of Paolo Nutini to the poetic brilliance of Nikita Gill. Liam’s musical palette knows no bounds, encompassing everything from Jamiroquai to Tame Impala.

His sound defies categorization, much like Liam himself. A poet who enjoys airplane food and finds the world terrifyingly vast, he believes that “anything that makes you feel is an influence.” His music delves into deep subjects, from expressions of love and admiration to overthinking and doubt. Yet, amidst the uncertainty, Liam strives for one consistency: relatability. “The aim is to combine soundscape and lyricism to encourage feeling but also thought,” he shares.

While uncertainty echoes throughout Liam’s music, one aspect remains unwavering: his dedication to growth. Intending to mold his musical path in tandem with his experiences, he is on track to unveil his inaugural EP, aptly named “it’s fine once you’re in.”

This new release delves into the realm of self-doubt, probing the reasons behind our uncertainties. Kai​ reflects on the notion that the initial leap is often the most challenging, yet assures listeners that, more often than not, things fall into place. With an open invitation, Liam Mera Kai encourages his audience to join him on this journey, boldly declaring, “So just dive in.”

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