Chatterbox: Kuri

Human Nature is the title track taken from Kuri’s new EP. The Canadian artist and songwriter performed for several years alongside his band ‘Oh Village’. His newer material, away from the group as a solo artist, takes his classical piano roots and combines them with contemporary arrangement.

He gave us a few moments and broke down Human Nature. Have a read, take a listen and let us know what you think.

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a recording artist/multi-instrumentalist based in Abbotsford, British Columbia (not quite Vancouver). I’ve spent the last several years performing with different bands and have recently decided to pursue my solo work. I love working with string arrangements and classical instrumentation. I think they can tell as much of a story as any lyrics I write. I also love Hockey.

Where did the new single come from?

Human Nature is about trying to fill holes with artificial affection and attention, realizing you’re doing that, then pondering and giving credit to the underlying forces that pushed you to do those things. I think a balance needs to be found though. Sometimes we project too much power on our Human Nature, and not enough on our incredible ability to overcome some of those unfortunate tendencies. It’s all very emotional, of course. It’s set in a post-romantic sort of situation, which always comes with a lot of contemplation and heightened sensitivity.

What other content is in the pipeline?

I’m currently working on a few music videos, and just released a live performance video for Human Nature. You can find that one on my website. Other than that, I’ve been doing a bunch of pre-production for my upcoming LP. I’ll be tracking that this summer in Vancouver. I also have this ongoing project called ‘Kuri’s Musical Journal’ that I’ve been working on. I write and release a new song every few weeks with some thoughts before hand. I’ve been a little slow with that over the holidays, but I’ll be starting up again-hopefully more consistently-in the new year.

What’s on the horizon for you?

A lot of music and film basically. I’ll hopefully be working on the score for a short film in the new year while I’m writing the album. I’m also planning a tour for this spring, likely May, on the East coast of Canada. I’m just looking to fill my time with nonstop writing and recording at this point. That seems to be where I’m most comfortable.

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