Oslo, Norway based keyboardist, singer/songwriter, and composer, Arthur Kay has a dreamy new single that will break your heart and simultaneously put it back together. The song ‘Higher Ground’ which released on September 20th of 2019, is a fluid playground of flickering keys, sparse drum patterns, and floating synthesizers that replenish the soul in atmospheric glory.
An ambient yet psychedelic pop anthem, the track draws inspiration from James Blake, Thundercat, and Sun Ra while acting as a tribute to Balearic house. Such elements compliment the emotional vocal performance Kay brings to the track which builds in intensity throughout the song’s entirety. A crescendo of life, a metaphor of healing, ‘Higher Ground’ is a single dedicated to “the silence and calmness that comes after a big emotional and chaotic event. Where you just want to make it through the next hour without engaging in those memories” as stated by Kay.
Inspiring listeners with melancholy and Moog, Arthur Kay combines his affair of touching vocals and soft drum sequences to aid in the tight production of the single. Additionally, his contribution to music has been thorough as Kay is a collaborator on projects such as the galactic jazz music of Dr. Kay, His Interstellar Tone Scientists, along with Norwegian rapper, Ivan Ave.
After a realization that releasing music by himself would ultimately allow Arthur to be free of any outside creative expression, Kay elaborated on the decision to go solo by revealing, “Higher Ground was as a sort of tribute to Balearic House. It was one of the first times musically that I had something that was just for me. A lot of the work you do as a professional musician is taking small pieces of yourselves and giving them away to other people’s dreams and visions.” Hopefully, we as listeners continue to hear the true Arthur Kay when his self-titled, solo EP releases October 11, 2019.