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  • Writer's pictureHarriett Dolphin

WILLOW KANYE STARTS "RIOTS" WITH HER LATEST RELEASE

Since bursting onto the scene in 2022, Willow Kayne has been a dynamic force in contemporary pop, known for her genre-blending style that pushes musical boundaries. With her latest release, 'Riots', Kayne shifts gears from the pop-tinged lament of 'Robot Lovers' to a more introspective and raw exploration of emotional turmoil.
Willow Kanye

'Riots' marks a notable departure in tone for Willow Kayne, who has built her reputation on an almost braggadocious energy. The track delves into her struggles as a partner, highlighting her desperation for self-improvement.


Despite the serious subject matter, 'Riots' maintains a full-bodied rhythm with a rolling, almost club-ready percussive line, ambient textures, and a satisfyingly distorted bassline. Kayne's signature cartoonish and dynamic vocal delivery still shines through, transforming the track into an infectious blend of self-effacing lyrics and catchy moments. Reflecting on the track, Kayne shares,


"This song is about being emotionally unavailable, and the questionable things you do because of it. I wanted to talk about that moment where your head and heart are at war with each other about what you should do… the first lyric I wrote when writing this song was ‘My head wants you but my heart won’t let me’. Shite lyric but it birthed this song so I can’t be mad."



Following the AI-baiting ode to love in 'Robot Lovers', 'Riots' ventures into the darker, more human aspects of romantic entanglements. This shift broadens Kayne's sonic palette and unveils further layers of her Ivor Novello-winning songwriting talent. Her ability to paint the world in bold, bright colours remains intact, but now the brushstrokes reveal more intricate details and emotional depth.


Riots' is a testament to her versatility and commitment to exploring new facets of her artistry. With each release, she adds more complexity and nuance to her work, captivating audiences with her bold vision and relatable themes.



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